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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Achilles atom better Book bottom COPPER CANYON PRESS Cortege dark dead man feels dead man hears dead man holds dead man knows dead man lives dead man mistakes dead man puts dead man remembers dead man says dead man sings dead man speaks dead man takes dead man thinks dead man throws dead man votes Dead Man's Advice Dead Man's Beloved dead man's blood dead man's bones dead man's eyes Dead Man's Happiness dead man's lamp dead man's masks dead man's poems dead man's shoes dirt dreams Duende earth everything face funny bone grass hair Harry Houdini head hidden ball trick inside lamp and wristwatch light longer look Man's Late Nights Man's Not Sleeping Marvin Bell mirror moon pain Parallel Universe perfected fallibility Poetry postscript shoulder Siamese twin skin skull stone sweat tautologist teeth there's things thinks himself invisible thunder tree turns watch wears winter words