The book of the dead man, Volume 1

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Copper Canyon Press, 1994 - Poetry - 80 pages
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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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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. Read full review

Contents

Preface I
11
1 About the Dead Man
15
About the Dead Man
17
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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.

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