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Ellen Sander's poetry has been published in Saturday Afternoon Journal, Social Anarchism, Chiron Review, and the Bolinas Hearsay News, among others. She was the Poet Laureate of Belfast, Maine 2013 and 2014. Readings have been sponsored by cafes, bookstores and literary foundations in northern and southern California, Maine and New York.

The China Collection - Poems written in China, 2002-2003

Links to Poems on Other Sites
Poetry Superhighway 1997 selections
En Passant
Break Like the Day
At Rossalini's

Poetry SuperHighway 1998 Selections
Road Sins
A Tomb Like This
Subcontinental Blues,
Python Shoals
Magnolia & Fog in January
Bellydance poetry on Atea's site

Ellen Sander gives Spirit of the Sixties Rock and Roll Poetry and Stories readings from time to time. Email for more information on that collection.


California Poems

Milky Circles

The baby
touches her breast as he suckles
tiny palm stroking
eyes wide on mama
rocking on her sweetness
cuddles baby closer
the milky circle warming

the night in speckled freshness
writes letters to heaven in sprays of stars
2 restless girls squat and slip panties
back to pee on the beach
lifting their eyes up as the hiss and trickle
join the surf's splashback and they laugh

This is a poem inspired by a bodacious birthday party that Michael Simmons threw for Jack Kerouac one Spring in L.A.

spring in ellay

nor rain
das bunds
est alien greenery
sancto sanctorum nor heaters rusty
tongue tar pits
sovay dat corrango lust acumen
late nights imported
from new york
and lazy arms
lying legs
all over the car

  Edna St. Vincent Millay, Collette, Sylvia Plath, Emily Dickenson