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Publisher Comments:

Marvin Bell is at the peak of his formidable powers. Long recognized as one of America’s liveliest poetic in-novators, he has said in a recent interview, "I want to do something beyond convention, beyond accepted levels of skill, beyond the expected, beyond the predictable, beyond the wholly welcome."

Nightworks is truly beyond the usual fare, and critics have praised it as "a major event," "long overdue,"and "essential." As the definitive collection of Bell’s 40-year career, it combines new poems with choice selections from all of his previous books, including the now-infamous voice of the Dead Man:

I am the poet of skulls without why or wherefore.

I didn’t ask to be this or that, one way or another, just a young

man of words.

Words that grew in sandy soil, words that fit scrub trees and

beach grass.

Sentenced to work alone where there is often no one to talk to.

The poetry of skulls demands complicity of the reader, that the

reader put words in the skull’s mouth.

The reader must put water and beer in the mouth, and music in the

ears, and fan the air for aromas to enter the nostrils.

The reader must take these lost heads to heart…

—from "Skulls"

"Marvin Bell’s career has been substantial [and] Nightworks reminds us just how distinctive his voice has been all along—how prophetic, how candid, how rigorously philosophical. He enlarges our understanding of what poetry can do."—The Georgia Review

Marvin Bell has taught for nearly 40 years at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He is the first and current Poet Laureate of Iowa.

Synopsis:

Marvin Bell has the largest heart since Walt Whitman.--Harvard Review

Synopsis:

Poetry. NIGHTWORKS is the definitive collection of Marvin Bell's 40-year-career, it combines new poems with choice selections from all his previous books. Truly beyond the usual fare, critics have praised NIGHTWORKS as "a major event," "long overdue," and "essential." "Marvin Bell's career has been substantial [and] NIGHTWORKS reminds us just how distinctive his voice has been all along-how prophetic, how candid, how rigorously philosophical. He enlarges our understanding of what poetry can do"-The Georgia Review.

About the Author

Marvin Bell, author of fifteen volumes of poetry and prose, is a distinguished poet and influential teacher who for the past 35 years has served as a faculty member at the Iowa Writers' Workshop. In 2000, the State of Iowa named him its first Poet Laureate.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781556591808
Author:
Bell, Marvin
Publisher:
Copper Canyon Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Subject:
Single Author / American
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
February 2003
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Marvin Bell has the largest heart since Walt Whitman.--Harvard Review
"Synopsis" by , Poetry. NIGHTWORKS is the definitive collection of Marvin Bell's 40-year-career, it combines new poems with choice selections from all his previous books. Truly beyond the usual fare, critics have praised NIGHTWORKS as "a major event," "long overdue," and "essential." "Marvin Bell's career has been substantial [and] NIGHTWORKS reminds us just how distinctive his voice has been all along-how prophetic, how candid, how rigorously philosophical. He enlarges our understanding of what poetry can do"-The Georgia Review.
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