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Ellen Bass

Teoksen The Courage to Heal tekijä

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Associated Works

Cries of the Spirit: A Celebration of Women's Spirituality (2000) — Avustaja — 369 kappaletta
My Lover Is a Woman (1996) — Avustaja — 88 kappaletta
The Ecopoetry Anthology (2013) — Avustaja — 48 kappaletta
Atomic Ghost: Poets Respond to the Nuclear Age (1995) — Avustaja — 30 kappaletta
Ten Poems to Say Goodbye (2012) — Avustaja — 24 kappaletta
Queer Nature: A Poetry Anthology (2022) — Avustaja — 14 kappaletta
The Crafty Poet: A Portable Workshop (2016) — Avustaja — 11 kappaletta
Sinister Wisdom 57: On Healing (1996) — Avustaja — 8 kappaletta
Peace or perish : a crisis anthology — Avustaja — 3 kappaletta
Eating the pure light : homage to Thomas McGrath (2009) — Avustaja — 2 kappaletta
Sinister Wisdom 5 (1978) — Avustaja — 1 kappale

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Kanoninen nimi
Bass, Ellen
Santa Cruz, California, USA
Russell Sage College (1965-1966)
Goucher College (AB | 1968)
Boston University (AM | 1970)
Boston Psychodrama Institute (1972-1973)
Lyhyt elämäkerta
Ellen Bass co-edited (with Florence Howe) the groundbreaking No More Masks! An Anthology of Poems by Women (Doubleday, 1973), has published several previous volumes of poetry, including Mules of Love (BOA, 2002) which won the Lambda Literary Award. Her poems have appeared in hundreds of journals and anthologies, including The Atlantic Monthly, Ms., The American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, and Field. She was awarded the Elliston Book Award for Poetry from the University of Cincinnati, Nimrod/Hardman's Pablo Neruda Prize, The Missouri Review's Larry Levis Award, the Greensboro Poetry Prize, the New Letters Poetry Prize, the Chautauqua Poetry Prize, a Pushcart Prize, and a Fellowship from the California Arts Council. Her non-fiction books include Free Your Mind: The Book for Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Youth (HarperCollins 1996), I Never Told Anyone: Writings by Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse (HarperCollins, 1983) and The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse (Harper Collins 1988), which has sold over a million copies and has been translated into ten languages. She currently is teaching in the low residency MFA program at Pacific University and has taught poetry and creative writing in Santa Cruz, CA and at other beautiful locations nationally and internationally--since 1974.



This is the book I bought after hearing Ellen Bass and Kevin Young read at the local Grand Valley State University Fall Arts Celebration event which took place on October 3. It was a good purchase and I am glad I own it as I will be going back and dipping into it again and again.

I love her poetry. For me it is very personal and warm and human. I realize that the persona in a poem is not necessarily the author but much of Bass's poetry seems like snippets from her own life or experiences.

Looking through the reviews a lot of people seem to concur with me and I also noticed quotes from a number of the same poems I like. But there were plenty of other poems in this collection that are, perhaps, less talked about but also resonated with me because of my own experiences.

The Last Week

I thought she would want to save me
from it, the stench and the shame,
but in the last week of dying,
my mother let me change her diaper,
let me wipe her with a warm, wet cloth
and slide the sheet under her hips,
the flesh softening, bones widening,
gravity pulling her back to earth like fallen fruit.
I need to say how precise she was.
She had a rage for order, my mother.
In the store she wrapped half-pints of cheap gin
with the same care she gave to Chivas Regal.
She smoothed the glossy holiday paper,
folding the torn edge under, sharpening
the crease with her thumbnail,
tucking the ends into a humble origami.
I thought she'd cling to her dignity
but she seemed to forgive her body,
all its chaos and collapse,
or maybe it was a final ripening of trust or love, abandon.
I'm not sure what to call it.

I like the lines,
."the flesh softening, bones widening,
gravity pulling her back to earth like fallen fruit."

and the later references to fruit again,
"she seemed to forgive her body,
all its chaos and collapse,
or maybe it was a final ripening of trust or love, abandon."

and the final poignant line,
I'm not sure what to call it.

What do you call it? I remember thinking similar thoughts during the months long deterioration of my mother's health in a nursing home and eventual passing away in the hospital. Dignity abandoned or maybe it just doesn't matter any more? It was hard to say.
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DarrinLett | 1 muu arvostelu | Aug 14, 2022 |
This book is an inspiring, comprehensive guide that offers hope and encouragement to every woman who was sexually abused as a child - those who care about her. Although the effects of child sexual abuse are long-term and severe, healing is possible.The authors weave personal experience with professional knowledge to show the reader how she can come to terms with her past while moving powerfully into the future. This book provides clear explanations, practical suggestions, a map of the healing journey, and many moving first-person examples of the recovery process drawn from their interviews with hundreds of survivors. Selected Reading Questionnaire.… (lisätietoja)
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ACRF | 6 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jul 20, 2022 |
This is a compilation of short stories by women who were sexually abused as children. The book is divided into sections: abuse by fathers, relatives, friends/acquaintances, and strangers. Selected Reading Questionnaire.
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ACRF | 1 muu arvostelu | Jul 20, 2022 |
Simply brilliant poetry, spoke to me through the plain language and themes of love and the end of life.
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LisaMLane | 1 muu arvostelu | Jan 13, 2022 |


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