Ellen Hinsey

(1960 / Boston, Massachusetts)

Biography of Ellen Hinsey

Ellen Hinsey poet

Ellen Hinsey (born 1960 in Boston) is an American writer.

Hinsey's work is concerned with history and ethics. Her first-hand accounts and analyses of the impact of the 2012 Russian presidential elections, the 2010 Polish presidential plane crash, Hungarian politics, Václav Havel's ethical legacy and post-1989 German reconstruction have been published in The New England Review. A selection of these essays will be included in her book Mastering the Past: Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe and the Rise of Illiberalism.

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The Multitude

Standing at the edge is the great Multitude.

They inch forward in their rags and hunger.
Their movement along the ground lifts
the sound of ancestral migrations.

They are carrying the dark water of need
in their eyes; they are carrying the first
vowels, the first consonants,

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