The Human Line

The Human Line

Ellen Bass

“Poetry,” writes best-selling writer Ellen Bass, “is the way in which I beware, take pleasure in, supply compliment, fight, grieve, rage, and pray. It’s the best way I embrace my love for the world.”

The Human Line, Bass’ 7th booklet of poems, startles with its exact aspect, intimate pictures, and wild metaphors. Bass brings awareness to life’s endearing absurdities, and lots of of the poems flash with a willing humorousness. She additionally faces some of the an important ethical dilemmas of our time—genetic engineering, environmental concerns, non-stop warfare, heterosexism—and grounds her imaginative and prescient within the small, inner most workings of the heart.

 . . . whilst i am getting home,
my son has a headache, and notwithstanding he’s
almost grown, asks me to sing him a song.
We lie jointly at the lumpy couch
and I warble out the previous express tunes, evening and Day . . .
They Can’t Take That clear of Me . . . A cheap
silver chain shimmers throughout his throat
rising and falling along with his pulse. There by no means was
anything else. basically those excruciatingly
insignificant creatures we love.

Ellen Bass is co-author of the million-selling booklet Courage to Heal. She lives and teaches in Santa Cruz, California.

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