Along with our friends and neighbors at Hugo House, and Copper Canyon Press, we are delighted to host and help present this special evening with renowned poet Ellen Bass. The recipient of numerous awards and honors for her books of poetry as well as groundbreaking books for women survivors of childhood sexual abuse, she is here tonight with an incandescent new collection of poetry, Indigo (Copper Canyon Press).
“Indigo proves what tried and true poetry readers have always known about the living legend Ellen Bass. These poems court the harsh realities of life with a power that suggests we can indeed overcome these realities. And the whole of this book is the testament of one who survives, but also of one who takes responsibility for whatever the cost of that survival may be: ‘The first time you see the sun/you’re splayed on your back, the shadow/of my blade above you.’ What I love most about this book is its subtleties, the ways it plants in any reader the need to turn the page, to know more even if it means more heartbreak. You hold in your hands the work of a sorceress at the height of her powers.”- Jericho Brown.
“These poems, embossed with Bass’ covetable signature, play like snippets of cinema from merely every woman’s life story–moments awed by and blissfully tangled with a lover, contemplating the unrelenting hurtle of time, aging with an awkward but fiercely determined grace. Indigo is our soundtrack, finally–and its addictive and merciless music is not an option.” - Patricia Smith.
Co-presented at Elliott Bay by Hugo House, Copper Canyon Press, and Elliott Bay Book Company. Free admission.