The book of the dead man, Volume 1
Marvin Bell's ninth major collection of poems is groundbreaking, his most provocative and imaginative work to date. The phrase "the dead man" resounds throughout like a drumbeat registering the wisdom and genius of ignorance, fallibility, and mutability with a Zen-like detachment. Defying paraphrase, Bell's new poems demand to be understood in the context of the incantatory line as he illuminates the transcendent inscape in its moment of self-revelation. The Book of the Dead Man demolishes boundaries between lyric poetry and serio-comic intensity, and announces a poetics of striking spiritual candor.
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Review: The Book of the Dead ManUser Review - Justin Crawford - Goodreads
My favorite book of poems. Dead Man is one of the best characters around in literature because he (and Bell) examines complicated issues of the world and human behaviour with a deeply cynical sense of humor. The writing is dense, but the revelations spark a strong emotional resonance. Read full review
Review: The Book of the Dead ManUser Review - Goodreads
These poems intrigue me because I have fashioned my own Buddhist-type meditation on Death. Bell is following the ancient teaching to live as if you are already dead, as a way to appreciate each moment. Somehow, he makes the topic amusing as well as thought-provoking.
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