The Human Line
With a deft touch and a sure voice Bass takes on many of the crucial moral issues of our times, and she delights with portrayals of life's endearing absurdities. Offering homage to each transient moment, she reminds us to treasure the small, the plain, the surprising -- those instances that lash us to the human line.
Sample poems from The Human Line:
here for more about Mules of Love.
Dorianne Laux says "Ellen Bass sees into the life of things with a
quiet power, creating a poetry that goes straight to the heart. Bass is
a poet of the elemental, always struggling to manage the science and biology
of life with the mysteries of religion, philosophy and consciousness. In
doing so, she helps us to appreciate the small miracles of this common life
that we often take for granted. It's as if she is so startled to be alive,
she can't help asking every moment to stop and let her examine it, ask it
a question. In this age of violence and disconnection, as we spend more
and more time looking for a technological fix, this kind of poetry is a
necessary reminder of who we are, why we're here and where we are going,
each day bountiful, spacious, precious. It is a poetry that opens our eyes
so that we see our lives as a continuum of such days. Ellen Bass has created
a woman who stands on the edge of her life, looking for the moment that
might change us all."
to Heal — 20th Anniversary Edition
A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse
The new, updated and revised 20th anniversary edition of The Courage to Heal is now available. The Courage to Heal is an inspiring, comprehensive guide that offers hope
and encouragement to every woman who was sexually abused as a child -
and 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. They
provide 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. Co-authored with
Laura Davis. HarperCollins. Fourth edition. The Third edition is also available in Nine Languages and Audio Tape Format.
A First Book for Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse
to Heal is a small book which offers hope, support, and guidance for
all survivors starting the healing journey. No matter how great your pain
today, you can not only heal, but thrive. Based on selected parts of The
Courage to Heal, Beginning to Heal takes you through the key
stages of the healing process, from remembering and crisis times, to breaking
the silence, grief, and anger, to resolution and moving on. It includes
inspirational highlights, simple and accurate explanations, practical
suggestions, and compelling first-person stories where survivors talk
about their pain, their strength, and their triumphs. Co-authored with
Laura Davis. HarperCollins.
The Book for Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Youth - and Their Allies
Available in German
Your Mind speaks to the basic aspects of the lives of gay, lesbian,
and bisexual youth: self-discovery, friends and lovers, family, school,
spirituality, and community. Alive with the voices of more than fifty
young people, rich in accurate information and positive practical advice,
Free Your Mind talks about how to come out, deal with problems,
make healthy choices about relationships and sex, connect with other gay
youth and supportive adults, and take pride and participate in the gay
and lesbian community. Free Your Mind also presents detailed guidance
for adults who want to make the world safer for lesbian, gay, and bisexual
youth. Co-authored with Kate Kaufman. HarperCollins.
Never Told Anyone
Writings by Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse
this book, 34 women tell how they were molested by fathers, uncles, neighbors,
and strangers and how they survived. A reissue of the now-classic anthology
of deeply moving testimonies by survivors of child sexual abuse -- with
a new afterword by Ellen. Co-edited with Louise Thornton, Jude Brister,
Grace Hammond, Jean Huntley, and Vicki Lamb. HarperCollins.
Like You to Make Jokes with Me, But I Don't Want You to Touch Me
gentle picture book tells the story of a girl who goes to the grocery
store where she jokes with her friend at the counter. But she doesn't
like it when he tickles her. Her mother helps her to understand that it's
all right to tell him, and that the two can continue their friendship.
This book is Bilingual with the text printed in English and Spanish. Lollipop
Power Books at Carloina Wren Press.