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Rampant: Poems (Lannan Literary Selections)

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Publisher Comments:

Marvin Bell, one of America's most influential, visible, and inventive poets, likes "ideas to have a little dirt on their shoes." His wildly original and often gritty curiosity finds inspiration in wide-ranging locales, and even wider topics. He will take on any subject in his poetry, and the conclusion of Rampant is a ten-part suite, "Journal of the Posthumous Present," which was commissioned by the Getty Research Insititute and published as a cover feature in "American Poetry Review." The poem is remarkable for its original methods and socio-philosophic investigation, and points to the signature of Bell's career: his ability to radically examine the world through poetry.

Review:

"A resurgent lyric voice marks Bell's first all-new collection since the 'Dead Man' persona poems of the 1990s, pitched toward action and reaction: a twisted rope, when released, will 'spring back / toward its most direct shape,' just as 'the molecules of a husband align themselves / with those of a wife.' Bell's speaker looks at the world as if through a microscope: ('Those leaves are mainly water, the air between you and them mainly water'), and the truths he extracts and extrapolates are cynical: 'You yourself are a kind of flooded hollow hull.' The prosaic lists that dominated the Dead Man's doings persist in 'Journal of the Posthumous Present,' a laborious meditation that ponders Seurat, Salome and the film Dancer in the Dark until this dead man finally 'blows a kiss through the wispy curtain of closure.' Stream-of-consciousness by design, the poems move through settings from Beirut to Amsterdam to the Homeric Mediterranean. When successful, they stitch one thread of imagery through digressive meditation, as in 'Resolving the Cold' and 'Another Primer about the Flag,' while a sweaty pair of shoes forms the backbone of 'Ashes Poetica,' a poem about futility. Bell's empathy for inanimate objects can be disingenuous, but it is also often felicitous and funny, as when 'The boats were at their moorings,/ applauding the good wood.' At such moments, Bell's speaker pulls himself up into a high, dim realm of intelligence, hard to paraphrase and willfully poetical. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Marvin Bell enlarges our understanding of what poetry can do." Georgia Review

Review:

"Bell's passion is for exploring the traces of paradox in language, culture and nature." Virginia Quarterly Review

Review:

"[An] excellent collection of new poems....As a poet in the office of student or historian of consciousness, Bell performs beautifully, like a less sleek Wallace Stevens...This is sympathy, the real thing." The New York Times Book Review

Synopsis:

"One of our finest and most acclaimed poets."--Booklist

Synopsis:

Marvin Bell, one of America’s most influential, visible, and inventive poets, likes “ideas to have a little dirt on their shoes.” His wildly original and often gritty curiosity finds inspiration in wide-ranging locales, and even wider topics. He will take on any subject in his poetry, and the conclusion of Rampant is a ten-part suite, “Journal of the Posthumous Present,” which was commissioned by the Getty Research Insititute and published as a cover feature in American Poetry Review. The poem is remarkable for its original methods and socio-philosophic investigation, and points to the signature of Bell’s career: his ability to radically examine the world through poetry.

From “The Bones Repeat Themselves from the Bottom Upward”

Later there will be a wedding in the leaves

by the white church where the Boy Scouts box

in the basement, trying to be brave.

The owner of the fishing station watches the sea

through binoculars, fixing on the darker water

where the boats clustered to thin a school.

The days have been growing raw,

and he is willing to give the last ones five minutes

before he rips the tide apart with an inboard

and drags to the beach those who didn’t

see the end coming.

“Marvin Bell enlarges our understanding of what poetry can do.”—Georgia Review

“Bell’s passion [is] for exploring the traces of paradox in language, culture and nature.”—Virginia Quarterly Review

Marvin Bell’s writing has been part of the conversation for 40 years. One of the country’s most visible poets, he is Iowa’s first and current Poet Laureate, a long-time teacher at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and has toured with the author-based band Rock Bottom Remainders. He also reads and lectures widely; collaborates with composers, musicians and dancers; and teaches in the Urban Teachers Workshop. He lives in Iowa City.

About the Author

Marvin Bell's writing has been part of the conversation for 40 years. One of the country's most visible poets, he is Iowa's first and current Poet Laureate, a long-time teacher at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and has toured with the author-based band Rock Bottom Remainders. He also reads and lectures widely; collaborates with composers, musicians and dancers; and teaches in the Urban Teachers Workshop. He lives in Iowa City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781556592065
Author:
Bell, Marvin
Publisher:
Copper Canyon Press
Location:
Port Townsend, Wash.
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Subject:
Single Author / American
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Lannan Literary Selections
Series Volume:
no. 313.
Publication Date:
April 2004
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
110
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "A resurgent lyric voice marks Bell's first all-new collection since the 'Dead Man' persona poems of the 1990s, pitched toward action and reaction: a twisted rope, when released, will 'spring back / toward its most direct shape,' just as 'the molecules of a husband align themselves / with those of a wife.' Bell's speaker looks at the world as if through a microscope: ('Those leaves are mainly water, the air between you and them mainly water'), and the truths he extracts and extrapolates are cynical: 'You yourself are a kind of flooded hollow hull.' The prosaic lists that dominated the Dead Man's doings persist in 'Journal of the Posthumous Present,' a laborious meditation that ponders Seurat, Salome and the film Dancer in the Dark until this dead man finally 'blows a kiss through the wispy curtain of closure.' Stream-of-consciousness by design, the poems move through settings from Beirut to Amsterdam to the Homeric Mediterranean. When successful, they stitch one thread of imagery through digressive meditation, as in 'Resolving the Cold' and 'Another Primer about the Flag,' while a sweaty pair of shoes forms the backbone of 'Ashes Poetica,' a poem about futility. Bell's empathy for inanimate objects can be disingenuous, but it is also often felicitous and funny, as when 'The boats were at their moorings,/ applauding the good wood.' At such moments, Bell's speaker pulls himself up into a high, dim realm of intelligence, hard to paraphrase and willfully poetical. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Marvin Bell enlarges our understanding of what poetry can do."
"Review" by , "Bell's passion is for exploring the traces of paradox in language, culture and nature."
"Review" by , "[An] excellent collection of new poems....As a poet in the office of student or historian of consciousness, Bell performs beautifully, like a less sleek Wallace Stevens...This is sympathy, the real thing."
"Synopsis" by ,
"One of our finest and most acclaimed poets."--Booklist
"Synopsis" by ,

Marvin Bell, one of America’s most influential, visible, and inventive poets, likes “ideas to have a little dirt on their shoes.” His wildly original and often gritty curiosity finds inspiration in wide-ranging locales, and even wider topics. He will take on any subject in his poetry, and the conclusion of Rampant is a ten-part suite, “Journal of the Posthumous Present,” which was commissioned by the Getty Research Insititute and published as a cover feature in American Poetry Review. The poem is remarkable for its original methods and socio-philosophic investigation, and points to the signature of Bell’s career: his ability to radically examine the world through poetry.

From “The Bones Repeat Themselves from the Bottom Upward”

Later there will be a wedding in the leaves

by the white church where the Boy Scouts box

in the basement, trying to be brave.

The owner of the fishing station watches the sea

through binoculars, fixing on the darker water

where the boats clustered to thin a school.

The days have been growing raw,

and he is willing to give the last ones five minutes

before he rips the tide apart with an inboard

and drags to the beach those who didn’t

see the end coming.

“Marvin Bell enlarges our understanding of what poetry can do.”—Georgia Review

“Bell’s passion [is] for exploring the traces of paradox in language, culture and nature.”—Virginia Quarterly Review

Marvin Bell’s writing has been part of the conversation for 40 years. One of the country’s most visible poets, he is Iowa’s first and current Poet Laureate, a long-time teacher at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and has toured with the author-based band Rock Bottom Remainders. He also reads and lectures widely; collaborates with composers, musicians and dancers; and teaches in the Urban Teachers Workshop. He lives in Iowa City.

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