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Poem | Maman | Holly Bass

Talking about Holly Bass is definitely fan-girling for me. She reads to the moon and walks with stardust.  She invented invention in dance, poetry and song. She's true hearted, dream journeyed and adds spice to the sorry soup of the world making everything delicious again. -Grace Cavalieri



   for Louise B.


all those spiders

longlegged mothers

stilted figures

knitting   quietly

while the maid 

seduces the father

orvice versa


all those dark widows

massive  multi-armed

looming in night dreams

in     memories

warning you of

the  dangers 

of giving birth


HOLLY BASS is a multidisciplinary performance and visual artist, writer and director. A Cave Canem fellow, she has published poems in numerous journals and anthologies. She studied modern dance (under Viola Farber) and creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College before earning her Master’s from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. A gifted and dedicated teaching artist, she currently directs year-round creative writing and performance program for adjudicated youth in DC’s Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services as well as facilitating workshops nationally and internationally.