The Human Line

The Human Line

Ellen Bass / Sep 17, 2019

The Human Line 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 se

  • Title: The Human Line
  • Author: Ellen Bass
  • ISBN: 9781556592553
  • Page: 306
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 poe 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 salmost grown, asks me to sing him a song.We lie together on the lumpy couchand I warble out the old show tunes, Night and Day They Can t Take That Away from Me A cheapsilver chain shimmers across his throatrising and falling with his pulse There never wasanything else Only these excruciatinglyinsignificant 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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        Ellen Bass is an American poet and author.


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    1. I didn't mean to read this so quickly, not nearly all at once, in the space of an afternoon. But I could not stop. Ellen Bass takes the smallest moments—the ones we feel the most deeply for a fraction of a second and let slip away, because we just don't have the time or energy to consider what they mean—she takes those moments and enlarges them until we can walk right inside. Her mother, felled by some malady of an aged body, has left her home in an ambulance. Ellen steps into her mother's e [...]


    2. If You KnewWhat if you knew you'd be the lastto touch someone?If you were taking tickets, for example,at the theater, tearing them,giving back the ragged stubs,you might take care to touch that palm,brush your fingertipsalong the life line's crease.When a man pulls his wheeled suitcasetoo slowly through the airport, whenthe car in front of me doesn't signal,when the clerk at the pharmacywon't say Thank you, I don't rememberthey're going to die.A friend told me she'd been with her aunt.They'd jus [...]


    3. This book, poet Ellen Bass's most popular collection on , contains her oft-quoted poem "If You Knew." That poem exemplifies certain characteristics of Bass's verse that run all through this collection: a tendency to take a bird's-eye view of reality, gathering all the idiosyncratic individual experiences of the world's inhabitants into its wide, compassionate embrace; a loquacious free-verse style that builds momentum by pouring out lengthy, loping lists of quirkily specific images. The poems ha [...]


    4. Oh.My.Goddess. SWOON. The Human Line by Ellen Bass is at once a book of prayers for the ordinary household as it is a prayer for the world, the universe, the cosmos, while simultaneously tracking the notion of time--tracking the time before there was such a concept at all, shadowing that time to the time when it all began, stalling out when time too just needed a solid jumpstart, then divining the knowledge that time will end, and then sitting with grief personified in a rocking chair when it do [...]


    5. Welcome to the rare experience of being stunned awake by poems you dare to read. Welcome to your skin tingling while you can barely breathe through these, they are that phenomenal. If you have not read Ellen Bass, and you probably did in places like the New Yorker, or The Sun, but perhaps you didn't even know, (because she is too darn humble to let you know), do not wait a moment longer. This is a poet whose work is timely, and ageless both. Whose work makes us stop taking our relationships for [...]



    6. Author's web link: ellenbass/pray_for_peacep Pray for Peace by Ellen Bass (from The Human Line) Pray to whomever you kneel down to: Jesus nailed to his wooden or plastic cross, his suffering face bent to kiss you, Buddha still under the bo tree in scorching heat, Adonai, Allah. Raise your arms to Mary that she may lay her palm on our brows, to Shekhina, Queen of Heaven and Earth, to Inanna in her stripped descent. Then pray to the bus driver who takes you to work. On the bus, pray for everyone r [...]


    7. In an online interview, Ellen Bass says that “poetry is the way I pay attention, appreciate, give praise, struggle, grieve, rage, and pray.” Her poetry readily accomplishes all of that. She makes creative use of metaphor as she explores relationships of all kinds, including those of mankind to the environment. The book opens with end-of-life poems about her mother. In "Sleeping in My Mother´s Bed,” Bass writes stark lines which evoke the knowledge that life is about to change:lie in her b [...]


    8. Ellen Basse's poems offer readers the extraordinary within the ordinary. The poems in The Human Line are just that - deeply human. With grace, wit, and the perfect image each poem connects us to each other and to ourselves.The meaning in a good poem gives me courage to face my life.A good poem touches my heart as well as my intellect. I feel it.A good poem reveals something I know to be true, but that I might not have ever been able to articulate.A good poem offers me that aha! moment that someo [...]


    9. I have never enjoyed poetry so much in my entire life. It is extraordinary how Ellen Bass turns the events of everyday life into the most beautiful and remarkable poetic tales. Every little detail, like seeing an old couple kissing at the airport, becomes something utterly beautiful. Human capacity for the use of words is really amazing, and the way she tells short stories about her life connects with the reader at a very deep but basic level: We are all human, we all have gone through most of t [...]


    10. I have always like Ellen Bass's poetry, but this is her strongest work to date. The book is rich in metaphor and poetic device. She is witty, thoughtful and uses considerable word play to ask what are often difficult questions about the paradoxes of being human, of death and life, job and sorry. She opens with some extremely moving poetry about her dying mother and her life as a child growing up over the family liquor store. But by the end of the she looks at such global issues as war, the envir [...]


    11. I discovered Ellen Bass last fall. It was September 21, the International Day of Peace and I was on line ordering a copy of THE SUN magazine. After placing my order, I explored the web site a bit and by chance (or karma) found Ellen's poem, PRAY FOR PEACE. Her poetry left me shaking and I knew I wanted to read more.You will find her plea for peace and so much more in THE HUMAN LINE. It is an exquisite collection with an awesome range of topics and emotions. Ellen examines the human condition thr [...]


    12. I meant to only read a poem or two before bed, but the book pulled me in and wouldn't let me go. Just when I thought the grief of the first section was too much, and I'd have to lay it down, she shifted, and in the third section Ellen Bass found a way to write directly to my soul. I am sad. Read it so fast, because now it is done, but then again, I can revisit it again and again, lingering over the words.


    13. This is a fine book of poetry, one that does not have a weak poem in it. Topic range from caring for a sick mother to love and family to death--the commonplaces of poems, yet so beautifully and skillfully crafted that it makes real those universal human experiences for the individual reader. This is poetry at its best, and I highly recommend this book.


    14. 3.5 stars. Loved many of these poems, but in some sections there was a sameness to the voice/tone/language.



    15. Many good poems, especially love the ones about the state of the world. This book also contains the popular poem "Gate C22" which captures a kiss at an airport gate so powerful, so beautiful.



    16. A dear friend and fellow writer gave me The Human Line as a Christmas gift in 2017, and I immediately began reading a poem from it each day. Bass' subject matter is so deep and her images are so detailed that I copied several poems from this collection into my favorites notebook. I'd love to read more of her works, and I will also reread and recommend this one.




    17. 4.25 / 5.0Really enjoyed this booklet. Poems do not hold back. Clear straightforward imagery. Topical Personal and Universal. Love how she hits all three notes in same poem.


    18. i read poetry, but i don't have a single book of poems in my humble collection. why? because being the miser that i am, i find it impractical to buy a book when all i love about it is one or two poems. but this time, it's different. i am in love with the poetry of ms. ellen bass. i've read sample works on her site, and in her works i find a directness, but also an intimacy. for the longest time, i enjoyed poetry because of its extraordinary, unexpected use of language. but this time, i am loving [...]


    19. I bought this book based on the strength of one poem, "If You Knew," ellenbass/books/the-huwhich my sister introduced me to, as well as a poem titled "Pray for Peace." ellenbass/books/the-huI bought it along with three other books of poetry for my cousins' 50th wedding anniversary: Wyslawa Szymborska's Selected (or Collected?) Poems, The Long Marriage by Maxine Kumin, and Poems of Jerusalem and Love Poems by Yechuda Amicha. The idea was that these books in particular would do much to help one go [...]


    20. I was touched by this poem called Gate C22:But the best part was his face. When he drew backand looked at her, his smile soft with wonder, almost as though he were a mother stillopen from giving birth,as your mother must have looked at you no matterwhat happened after- if she beat you- you once lay there, the vernix not yet wiped off,and someone gazed at youas if you were the first sunrise seen from the Earth.The whole wing of the airport husked that woman's middle-aged body,her plaid Bermuda sh [...]


    21. I just read this since New Letters sent it to me to review (along with another one). I have to say that for the most part I enjoyed it. There is much beauty throughout in Bass' lines, imagery, and narrative, mirroring the beauty of the collection as a whole. The first section of the collection focuses on her mother and her mother's death, and in a way, I wish the collection would somehow return to that in the end. I will stop short of claiming its brilliance, but I do think the collection as a w [...]


    22. I ordered this book because of the poem Gate C22 that was published in a collection. I just about fell out of my chair when I read that one, and then re-read it over and over. Ellen has a remarkable ability to draw attention to the beauty, absurdity, and mundane in life. She writes in a way that you could truly feel the moments she was describing, you are transported there. There were times when I thought to myself, This is poetry? It almost could pass for essays. But I think it is that melodic [...]


    23. When I finished this book, I was stunned that I was at the end. I actually tried to turn the page, but I was at the back cover. The last poem, "Winter Solstice" knocked at my heart and mind, demanding that I treasure each moment and quit wishing my life away. Bass taught me truth with her fine detail and truly meaningful dive into the mundane, the dross of life. Every poem touched me.


    24. Probably the best new book of poetry I have read this year, "The Human Line" cuts across the relationships between parents and children, between partners, between strangers even. The poems carry striking concrete images and situations and manage at the same time to peel back the skin to view the (often aching) heart.


    25. A very solid collection. Incredibly intimate through images and content. Images throughout were vivid and a delight to read."The light of my life doesn't like starch."


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