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Reading “Saturn’s Rings” by Ellen Bass



Poetry Lunch S2E10

Reading “Saturn’s Rings” by Ellen Bass from Like a Beggar, published by Copper Canyon Press.


This poem puts my feet firm on the ground by helping me feel the vastness of this world and beyond, followed by my own smallness and then permission to not be in control of all the things I can’t control.

I feel quite calm every time I get to the end of this poem. While it draws up many sadnesses and curious connections, it lets them go as it moves through memory and acknowledgment back to being.

Gratitude to Ellen for this poem and all the close readings she’s brought to me recently.


Related print

letterpress broadside of excerpt from Saturn's Rings by Ellen Bass

Here's the full story of the making of this print.


Links to purchase

Get the book here: Like a Beggar and the print here: Choreography of Ruin.