In her third collection of poetry, Like A Beggar, Ellen Bass deftly and piercingly explores life’s essential question: How do we go on? Her poems vividly inhabit sorrow and suffering yet are rich with praise, delighting in the irony and absurdity of our flawed human intelligence. Like a Beggar confronts the “the hard evidence of the earth” with grace, elegantly connecting the humble to the luminous.
“Her words are nostalgic, vivid, and visceral… Bass arrives at the truth of human carnality rooted in the extraordinary need and promise of the individual. By the end of the collection… it becomes lucidly clear that Bass is not only a poet but also a philosopher and a storyteller.” —Booklist