Interview and photo of Ellen Bass by Robert Sward. Ellen Bass lives in Santa Cruz, CA where she’s written and taught poetry since 1974. Billy Collins says of her recent book, The Human Line: “Ellen Bass’s frighteningly personal poems about sex, love, birth, motherhood and ageing are kept from mere confession by the graces of wit,… [Read More]
About Robert Sward
I began writing poetry in Chicago at age 15, when I was named corresponding secretary for a gang of young punks and hoodlums called the Semcoes. A Social Athletic Club, we met at various locations two Thursdays a month. My job was to write postcards to inform my brother thugs–who carried switchblade knives and stole cars for fun and profit–as to when, where and why we were meeting.
Four poets have been honored with the title of Santa Cruz County Poet Laureate and next week, all four will come together at Bookshop Santa Cruz in an event sponsored by Poetry Santa Cruz. Gary Young, Ellen Bass, David Swanger and the incumbent laureate Robert Sward will read on Tuesday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m…. [Read More]
Love Has Made Grief AbsurdA tragi-comedy, a monologue in the voice of a SF Bay Area artist as she struggles with the gradual loss of her faculties and, indeed, the loss of “herself” as she continues to live her life and create art.
"The comedy out of pathos stands out for me, as does the forthright confessional thrust... You have something here that I have never seen before. "
--Alan Cheuse, NPR Reviewer Purchasable Soon
Her third eye is strawberry jam
has a little iris in it
and the milk
has gone down
the wrong way.
I’ve just had breakfast
with the smallest person in the world.