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TINA BASS: FAT MAN DANCING Poetry Monthly
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ISBN 1 905126 52 2 4

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TINA BASS: FAT MAN DANCING

The title poem lets the imagery speak for itself:

	...averting their eyes
	to barely disguise
	disgust at his largeness
	enthusing 
	an offence they despite.

	They don't see 
	the places you're filling
	or the joy overspilling
	from spaces 
	you move through
	from my seat
	in the shadows
	I see the beauty
	of a human
	released from a moment
	letting music
	move through him
and has an undeniable energy. Tina Bass is a natural observer and recorder of the human drama: not of the huge wide stage, but of those quieter, small moments that nonetheless resonate and linger. She is also willing to send herself up, eg ENGLISHWOMAN ABOARD:
	Instead of talking loudly in pinch-nosed tones, occasionally
	checking that several people were listening
	I sat in the darkest corner of a German pub
	reading 'Crime and Punishment',
	waited motionless for Germans to make a friendly move.
A reassuringly human poet whose inspirations come from the small, daily achievements.

reviewer: Emma Lee.