The Human Line
With a deft touch and a sure voice Bass takes on many of the crucial moral issues of our times, and she delights with portrayals of life's endearing absurdities. Offering homage to each transient moment, she reminds us to treasure the small, the plain, the surprising — those instances that lash us to the human line.
praise for The Human Line
"Ellen Bass's frighteningly personal poems about sex, love, birth, motherhood, and aging are kept from mere confession by the graces of wit, an observant eye, an empathetic heart, and just the right image deployed at just the right time. The Human Line is full of real stunners." — Billy Collins
"There are some lovely poems in The Human Line, poems that live up to the splendid title, with all that it implies of our continuity in grief and
joy. There are poems that cut deep into primal relationships and our
sense of self."
"Ellen Bass is such a trustworthy guide -- awake to the certainty of death,
to the irreconcilable losses, and to the daily imperfect reprieve of love.
These are poems of quiet joy and true comfort."
Ellen teaches poetry and creative writing in Santa Cruz, California and in other gorgeous places, such as Big Sur, British Columbia, Mallorca, and Tuscany.