poet Ellen Bass

Ellen Bass

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  • ellen gilman (5/4/2019 9:20:00 AM)

    Both of my children are celebrating wedding anniversaries in the next two weeks. I'm sending the older couple GATE C22 and the younger couple THE MORNING AFTER because I can't think of anything more gorgeous to give them. I adore your poems! ! ! Thank you.

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Best Poem of Ellen Bass

Dead Butterfly

For months my daughter carried
a dead monarch in a quart mason jar.
To and from school in her backpack,
to her only friend's house. At the dinner table
it sat like a guest alongside the pot roast.
She took it to bed, propped by her pillow.

Was it the year her brother was born?
Was this her own too-fragile baby
that had lived—so briefly—in its glassed world?
Or the year she refused to go to her father's house?
Was this the holding-her-breath girl she became there?

This plump child in her rolled-down socks
I ...

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