Origin Stories – L. Shapley Bassen

Origin Stories
    by L. Shapley Bassen

    In Real Life,
    words, pauses, punctuation.
    Smells, perfume, memory
    is a scrim, a masking of
    movements, bowel and ballet.
    Autumn, age, are slow shock.
    Now, whether body can
    weather toxins? Ankle cramp?
    No acronyms suffice.
    Spell it out. 

Origin Stories – IRL

This is a new poem, haven’t submitted anywhere else yet. It was inspired by a recent FB message from my daughter. I juxtaposed the constant need to look up cyber-acronyms used by younger and/or more fluent friends & family – whom I never ask to translate/explain – with yet another symptom of aging, a foot cramp in a long ago injured ankle. Ah, Achilles!  


L. Shapley Bassen’s grandmother was a telegrapher on Wall Street a century ago who taught her to read and tapped messages to her in Morse Code. A New Yorker living in Rhode Island, she is a multi-published & prize-winning author of fiction, poetry, & drama.

2014 novel Summer of the Long Knives (Typhoon Media-Signal 8 Press)

2014 Lives of Crime & Other Stories (Texture Press)

2017 Showfolk & Stories (Inkception Books)

2019 collected works poetry What Suits a Nudist? (Clare Songbirds Publishing House)

1996 The Month Before the Moon (Samuel French, Inc. https://www.concordtheatricals.com/p/1563/the-month-before-the-moon)

Fiction editor at https://www.craftliterary.com/.




4/1/22 “Satan Had Always Been in Love With Eve” https://gyroscopereview.com online page 28. Spring 2022 issue available to buy at https://www.amazon.com/Gyroscope-Review-Issue-22-2-Spring/dp/B09WHNJXZZ/

4/17/21www.gyroscopereview.com I’m part of their National Poetry Month event PROMOPALOOZA; features me as the poet of the day with the interview &  photo of collection, WHAT SUITS A NUDIST. https://www.gyroscopereview.com/2021/04/promopalooza-l-shapley-bassen/

10/1/19  “Ebbtide” https://gyroscopereview.com  Crone Powe Issue 19.4 Fall 2019   https://www.gyroscopereview.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/CRONE-POWER-PDF-FOR-WEBSITE.pdf Also at amazon https://www.amazon.com/Gyroscope-Review-Issue-poetry-around/dp/1695833252/

Gyroscope Review Spring 2023 Issue Available now!

Previous Origin Stories

April 1 – Wanda Praisner

April 2 – Howard Lieberman

Previous NPM celebrations from Gyroscope Review

Let the Poet Speak! 2022

Promopalooza 2021

Poet of the Day 2020

Poets Read 2019

National Poetry Month Interview Series 2018

Book Links Party 2017

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Origin Stories