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S. H. Bass
Theme: Love and Romance
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A Sonnet Sequence
An Altar Boy's Lament
With Bread . . . Sell With Cheese
To White Zinfandel
Our Vintage Years
Wine and Black Coffee
In The Wine
Poet's Wine (a prose poem)
Can Be Said About Both Wine And Poetry
is . . .
Knows No Winter
Thy Name Is Woman
Translations into English Verse:
To Beauty by Charles
Wine Of Lovers
by Charles Baudelaire
Wine Of The Murderer by Charles
Wine Of The Rag-Pickers by Charles
Wine Of The Solitary
by Charles Baudelaire
the past year I've given up by Cecci
Clusters Of Grapes
by Giovanni Pascoli
Stephen H. Bass On The Web:
H. Bass (b. 1956), American writer/poet
by her complexity,
makes me stop in mid-gulp,
to a sip, I hold her there
in a womb.
a hint, a taste of her earthen roots.
depth that suggest a bitter youth
a struggle on the vine:
early harvest? A violent crush?
her now, tasting her fruit
the fullness that comes with age
one more sip she invites another
now . . . much deeper.
my her warmth
go of the desire to know her,
here in the enjoyment she offers me now
she’s in me and I’m in . . .
fall (as snowflakes fall)
unknown, and empty.
Poetry: Verses From The Vine, edited
by Stephen H. Bass (Robinsonville, MS:
Spilt Wine Publishing Co.,
2013). © 2013 Stephen
H. Bass. All rights
reserved. Posted at vintagewinepoems.com with the permission
Stephen H. Bass.
H. Bass (b. 1956): Stephen
H. Bass is an American writer/poet.
The webmaster of vintagewinepoems.com, his
fingers are typing these words. He will now switch to the
person - singular.
call myself a “writer” is a heralding of avocation rather than
occupation, although wielding a creative “pen in hand” has always
been an ancillary part of my earning a living. While creating plans
and content for the various communications needs of a business entity
is not exactly the stuff of the creative writer, the challenges of
simplifying the complex, enlivening the mundane, celebrating the
everyday . . . this is the “stuff” of all successful
communications – from the sonnet to the business memorandum.
The stereotype of the struggling young artist
tables” as he plugs away at his craft in his “off-hours”, is a template
that lays over my life quite nicely (if not snuggly) - for some
thirty-six years now. The tables I currently wait upon are covered with
green felt rather than a checkered tabled cloth, my current occupation
being that of a floor supervisor in the table games department of a casino. Other tables I have “waited on”
retail sales counter, the salesman’s cubbyhole, and the manager’s desk
- with an extended period as a manager of a local wine shop.
the “struggling young artist” title: I am still “struggling”,
with the rest of middle-class America. I feel
young! I am, however,
old enough to realize that “artist” is a title best conveyed upon one
rather than claimed for oneself.
I have some things to say:
some thoughts to share, some stories to tell - you should be hearing
from me. vintagewinepoems.com
is but a whisper,
a “Psst - hey buddy . . . .” from a darkened
- S. H. Bass
Stephen H. Bass at AMAZON SONNET'S from the PORTUGUESE
by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
with an introduction and notes by Stephen H. Bass
from the Porte-Cochère
by S. H. Bass