Virtual Event: Quitting Time By Patrick Cabello Hansel
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"Quitting Time" is an homage to my father, who lived and loved through the trials and triumphs of the 20th century. He grew up in a German-speaking family in North Dakota and went to kindergarten in 1917, when the U.S. was at war with Germany, and children were hit when they spoke "the enemy's language". He lived through the Dust Bowl, the Depression, homelessness and six years in the Army, where his German was helpful to his country in WW II and the occupation. Pulitzer Prize winning poet Phillip Schultz says about "Quitting Time":
"These new poems by Patrick Cabello Hansel are all really one poem, a sequence that is at its heart a great tribute of a son’s love for his father unlike any I’ve read before. War, the Great Depression, homelessness, the hazards of farming, hair cutting and day work, this is the essential American immigrant story, a story of strife and rage and glory. “the eyes of the dead…will open like broken wings” — “And the earth remembers”. Yes, and so do poets, remember and seek “Justice, mercy, bread.” Just we all need now, Justice, mercy and bread. Amen."
About the Author
Patrick Cabello Hansel is the author of the poetry collections The Devouring Land (Main Street Rag Publishing) and Quitting Time (forthcoming 2/10/2021 from Atmosphere Press). He has published poems and prose in over 70 journals, including Crannog, Ilanot Review, Hawai’i Pacific Review, Ash & Bones, RiverSedge and Lunch Ticket, and won awards from the Loft Literary Center and MN State Arts Board. His novella Searching was serialized in 33 issues of The Alley News. He is the editor of The Phoenix of Phillips, a literary journal by and for the most diverse community in Minneapolis. He has taught creative writing in elementary and high schools, and with seniors and 1st generation immigrants.
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