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“Mules of Love holds a special place on my bookshelf... It is a book I return to regularly when I need to be calmed or soothed because it is an openhearted volume of confessional, intimate work that continues to reward my effort. The more the poems reveal, the more endearing they become, and the more I read them, the richer they get.” -Isaiah Vianese, Rattle

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Ellen Bass is co-author (with Laura Davis) of the best-selling The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse (HarperCollins 1988, 1994, 2008), which has sold more than one million copies and has been translated into nine languages. She has also published several volumes of poetry, including The Human Line (Copper Canyon, 2007), and her poems have appeared in hundreds of journals and anthologies, including The Atlantic Monthly, American Poetry Review, and The New Republic. Among her many awards are the Elliston Book Award from the University of Cincinnati, Nimrod / Hardman's Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, Larry Levis Editor's Prize from The Missouri Review, and a Pushcart Prize. She lives in Santa Cruz, CA and teaches in the MFA program at Pacific University.
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Product Details

  • Series: American Poets Continuum (Book 73)
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: BOA Editions Ltd.; 1 edition (April 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1929918224
  • ISBN-13: 978-1929918225
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A pioneer in the field of healing from child sexual abuse, Ellen Bass currently teaches in the MFA program at Pacific University in Oregon. Her poetry books include Mules of Love and The Human Line.

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In "Mules of Love," she shares the joy with us.
Bonnie Shimko
Ms. Bass can write with great power that will sweep the reader into the moment.
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I loved Ellen Bass' "Mules Of Love", a collection of her most recent works.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mary Ann Kosinski on December 26, 2002
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As part of the women's movement of the 70's and 80's I was led to EB poetry and loved it...the personal, the public, the political all finally merging together....I could ID with the content and it nurtured my causes. I was an east coast radical want-a-be.
Now 20 years later it is so wonderful to view again the intimacy, the wisdom, the vulnerability presented in MULES OF LOVE....it has much more universal appeal. I sent the book as a gift to several friends in different age groups and they all appreciated it. She will catch your heart, trigger your pleasure center, knock the cobwebs off of those hidden parts of you....that you knew were always there. You will enjoy the lines and you will come to enjoy your own little space.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 1, 2002
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It's not often we get to read poetry that is immediately accessible, immediately relevant. In deeply touching, powerful language Ellen Bass tells us stories that make us stop, breathe and consider our lives. We see a deer in a bubble bath, an eighty-six year old rediscovering his sexual essence and a woman comforted by a quiet nap shared with an anonymous seatmate on a plane. As the events of the day lie, telling us we are separate and different, Ellen Bass' poetry shows us the truth -- worldwide, never have we been more as one.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Shimko on April 20, 2002
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Ellen Bass takes the dry straw of everyday life and spins it into gold. We've all been there, done that -- traveled down the same roads. But, Ellen takes the blinders off and sees things through the eyes of an artist. In "Mules of Love," she shares the joy with us.
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The poems in this book are like none I've read before discovering them. I do have to say that many of the poems do feel to have a "confessional" feel. In many cases that would be a deterrent for me, but here it is simply descriptive. The narratives in the poems feel so connected to their voices that I can't help but feel that these are little, poignant, beautiful essays about the poet's life. That might be entirely wrong, but it doesn't really matter in the end: These poems are captivating. I highly recommend this collection. There will be something here, if only one poem, that you will fall in love with. Me, I love the whole book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marion VINE VOICE on December 30, 2008
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Some people might like dry, boring poetry that you have to practically de-code to understand, but I love simple poems that are about real life---poems I can relate to that touch my heart. I heard one of Ms. Bass's poems read on NPR and was instantly hooked and had to have one of her books (I later looked through several anthologies I have and found several of her poems in them).

I highly recommend this book if you love simple, soulful poetry that feeds your spirit and heart.
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