Human Line

ISBN-10: 1556592558

ISBN-13: 9781556592553

Edition: 2007

Authors: Ellen Bass

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"Poetry," writes best-selling author Ellen Bass, "is the way I pay attention, appreciate, give praise, struggle, grieve, rage, and pray. It's the way I embody my love for the world." The Human Line, Bass' seventh book of poems, startles with its precise detail, intimate images, and wild metaphors. Bass brings attention to life's endearing absurdities, and many of the poems flash with a keen sense of humor. She also faces many of the crucial moral dilemmas of our time-genetic engineering, environmental issues, continuous war, heterosexism-and grounds her vision in the small, private workings of the heart. . . . When I get home, my son has a headache, and though he's almost grown, asks me to sing him a song. We lie together on the lumpy couch and I warble out the old show tunes, Night and Day . . . They Can't Take That Away from Me . . . A cheap silver chain shimmers across his throat rising and falling with his pulse. There never was anything else. Only these excruciatingly insignificant creatures we love. Ellen Bass is co-author of the million-selling book Courage to Heal. She lives and teaches in Santa Cruz, California.
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Book details

List price: $15.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
Publication date: 6/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 96
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.572
Language: English

Sleeping in my mother's bed
Twilight from the window of my mother's hospital room
On the air
My father's day
My mother's clock
Eating the bones
Last night
The end
My mother's painting
Asking directions in Paris
Gate C22
Discovering fire
Bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh
Poem not for my son
Birdsong from my patio
The human line
Dead butterfly
Subway in Madrid
A child is born
If you knew
At the end of the Cenozoic era
I wake thinking about depleted uranium
When the young geneticist was asked, "aren't you worried about the implications of your work?" with a toss of her sun-streaked hair, she declared, "no, not at all. I can't wait to fuck a clone"
God's grief
The moment I knew I shouldn't have married my husband
Lost dog
Is you is
In praise of four-letter words
Sad bitch
The woman who killed my cat
The big picture
Pray for peace
Giving rocks to rocks
God of roots
Your hand
The chair
Don't expect applause
Winter Solstice
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