Clifford Garstang has questions for Pauletta Hansel about her latest book of poetry, Friend. Pauletta Hansel is also the author of First Person, What I Did There, Tangle, Palindrome, and Coal Town Photograph.
In a couple of sentences, what’s the book about?
Friend is epistolary (letter) poems written to other poets during the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic, a poetic record of my own experience of this time. Most of the poems were written in the first 6 weeks, with a sort of coda in early June, in the aftermath of the country’s racial reckoning in the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder.