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"These are poems to be savored and devoured, over and over, for they brim with a wisdom that she clearly earns from the keen authenticity of her life.Like a Beggar is a gift, a blessing, a map, a chronicle, a hymn, and a cry—and most of all a dazzling, masterful work of art.”
"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
"Reading Mules of Love gave me great joy. I found the poems striking, full, complete, and beautifully crafted. Ellen Bass is a poet writing about quintessential beauty, and these poems are swollen with it . . . . Bass writes with a Dionysian ecstasy, yet infuses it with the calm energy of a gardener's earthy hands."