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Ruth Bavetta

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Ruth Bavetta was a visual artist for many years until she realized she also wanted images that could be painted with words. Her poetry has been published in Rattle, Nimrod, Tar River Review, North American Review, Spillway, Hanging Loose, Rhino, Poetry East, and Poetry New Zealand among others and is included in the anthologies Twelve Los Angeles Poets, Wait a Minute; I Have to Take off My Bra, Pirene's Fountain Beverage Anthology and Forgetting Home:Poems about Alzheimer's. Her art has been shown nationwide. She loves the light on November afternoons, the smell of the ocean, a warm back to curl against in bed. She hates pretense, fundamentalism, and sauerkraut.

I’ve just received my contributor’s copy of Chiron Review. I had work published there years ago, when it was a newsprint publication. It’s now been reincarnated as a handsome perfect bound journal. (Also available in Kindle format.) Proud to have my poem Asphalt Dreams included, a poem I wrote when wanderlust hit me and I longed to just keep on driving east on the 10. Because it’s print I can’t... Read more of this blog post »
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Fugitive Pigments
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Solstice (Poetry)
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At the Door (Poetry)
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Two for a Dollar (Poetry)
1 chapters   —   updated Jun 11, 2011 03:18PM
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Afghanistan (Poetry)
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Mother’s Day, 1964 (Poetry)
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I read this in two great gulps. Then turned to the front page and started all over again. That's how much I liked it. Beautiful, compact poems, where every word counts and then some. Lovely, lucid language. Deceptively simple, yet complex.
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Unexciting rehash. Good poems, but I wanted more exploration.
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Fell prey to the hoopla and bought this one. I can’t say I didn’t enjoy it, but I also can’t say I enjoyed it very much. Fair to middlin’.

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Almost threw in the towel on this one in the beginning, which was clumsily written with way too many of what I call "information drops." Explanation of characters and history just plopped in there at our feet--things which could and should have been ...more
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message 8: by Jane

Jane Ruth, I've been trying to find the thread you began (at least I think you did) about Seamus Heaney. I found the poem I love so much. Sent it to my siblings, one of whom send the obituary from...The Times? The Globe? If anyone wants, I'll send. It's about the memorial as well. Here's the poem if you don't mind passing it along.

Mossbawn: Two Poems in Dedication
For Mary Heaney

I. Sunlight
There was a sunlit absence.
The helmeted pump in the yard
heated its iron,
water honeyed

in the slung bucket
and the sun stood
like a griddle cooling
against the wall

of each long afternoon.
So, her hands scuffled
over the bakeboard,
the reddening stove

sent its plaque of heat
against her where she stood
in a floury apron
by the window.

Now she dusts the board
with a goose's wing,
now sits, broad-lapped,
with whitened nails

and measling shins:
here is a space
again, the scone rising
to the tick of two clocks.

And here is love
like a tinsmith's scoop
sunk past its gleam
in the meal-bin.

message 7: by Ruth

Ruth Doug wrote: "Ruth,

Thanks for being a friend. (Where have I heard that song?)



message 6: by Doug

Doug Ruth,

Thanks for being a friend. (Where have I heard that song?)


message 5: by Poppy

Poppy Ruth, I added 6 books from your list to mine, because I think we have similar tastes in reading. So THANK YOU for the suggestions. (I reached that conclusion in part, because you, as do I, seem to prefer E.M. Forster to Henry James.

My sister is an artist, and I would appreciate your advice on the purchase of a book for her. I noticed that you had quite a long list of art books. Do you have an absolute favorite?


Joy H. Thanks, Ruth, for adding me as a Goodreads friend. The Constant Reader group is incredible!

Nathalie Poem of the Month!
Congratulations, Ruth.

Nathalie Hello, Ruth

I really liked reading your poems and look forward to finding more.

Susan_T. Hi, Ruth! You are my first friend. Yay!

I'm now on GoodReads and trying to find my way around.

Susan Thomsen

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