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."
"Ever since her first book, I have admired the tough, urgent, and wildly
human poems of Ellen Bass. The Human Line deepens my regard for her necessary and indelible voice."
"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."
--Marie Howe "