Poetry: L. Shapley Bassen’s “One Line Poems from BRONZE”

////Poetry: L. Shapley Bassen’s “One Line Poems from BRONZE”

L. Shapley Bassen

One Line Poems from BRONZE

“Traumhaftes Santorin” by Matthias Laurenz Gräff

Pasiphae’s empire exploded into the very air breathed in the West,and in the absence of Goddess, Agamemnon liked Her real estate at Troy.

Naked Egalite
In Bronze Athens, unconsciously, Theseus imagined the idea of democracy inspired by sun-loving Cleite and hot Priapus.

Calliste, Another Name for Santorini
Cycladic island of concentric circles of three white shining mountains was Her hieroglyph of cycle, Maiden, Mother, Crone, beautiful, Calliste.

At her knees is her daughter of Minos, the clue’s Ariadne, and at her breast, the baby, Phaedra, vengeance.


About the writer:
L. Shapley Bassen’s recently completed novel  NEW MARWA is a multicultural/gender novel whose twice-published coda chapter is a fast read. Her story “Portrait of a Giant Squid” was the First Place winner in the 2015 Austin Chronicle Short Story Contest. Bassen was Fiction Editor for Prick of the Spindle until its cessation after six successful years and the author of Summer of the Long Knives (Typhoon Media), Lives of Crime & Other Stories (Texture Press), and the novella/story collection, Showfolk & Stories (Inkception Books). She was a finalist for the 2011 Flannery O’Connor Award and was a first reader for Electric Literature. Bassen won the 2009 APP Drama Prize and a Mary Roberts Rinehart Fellowship. She is currently a poetry and fiction reviewer for Brooklyner, The Rumpus, and others. Bassen’s first poetry collection What Suits a Nudist? is forthcoming in 2019 from Clare Songbirds Publishing House.

Image: Traumhaftes Santorin” by Matthias Laurenz Gräff. Oil on canvas. 70 c 80 cm. 2018. By free license via Wikimedia.



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