Aileen Bassis

Aileen Bassis

Aileen Bassis is a visual artist in Jersey City working in book arts, printmaking, photography and installation. Her artwork can be viewed at Her use of text in art led her to explore another creative life as a poet. She was awarded an artist residency in poetry to the Atlantic Center for the Arts. Her poems have appeared in B o d y Literature, Spillway, Grey Sparrow Journal, Canary, Amoskeag, Stone Canoe, The Pinch Journal and Pittsburgh Poetry Review.


A Girl Who Was Born Without a Mother

She could be progeny from another

universe where metal coalesced

with blood and salt—she emerges

with a scattering of nails and rust,

chewing gum and baby hair…
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