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 novel [seeking publisher] NEW MARWA is a multicultural/gender novel whose twice-published coda chapter is a fast read. Bassen’s website features an excerpt recording of her 1st novel, published by ACN Books. Her story “Portrait of a Giant Squid” was the First Place winner in the 2015 Austin Chronicle Short Story Contest. She was Fiction Editor for Prick of the Spindle till its cessation after six successful years and indie-published author of Summer of the Long Knives (Typhoon Media), Lives of Crime and Other Stories (Texture Press), and novella/story collection, Showfolk: Stories [Inkception Books]. She was a finalist for the 2011 Flannery O’Connor Award, was a 1st reader for Electric Literature, won the 2009 APP Drama Prize and a Mary Roberts Rinehart Fellowship, and is poetry/fiction reviewer for Brooklyner, The Rumpus, and others. 1st poetry collection, What Suits a Nudist? forthcoming in 2019 from Clare Songbirds publishing House.

Image: Traumhaftes Santorin by Matthias_Laurenz_Gräff (1984- ). Oil on canvas. 70 x 80 CM. 2018. By free license.