Nightworks : poems, 1962-2000

by Marvin Bell

Hardcover, 2000





Port Townsend, Wash. : Copper Canyon Press, c2000.


During the past forty years Marvin Bell has been one of poetry's true innovators. With each book his writing seems in constant motion, always developing ideas and exploring new literary territory. His voice changes not to fit current literary fashion, but to serve his art, to serve the wide--and often entertaining--range of subjects and ideas at the heart of his poems. Nightworks is a refreshing retrospective on the distinguished poet and educator's work. It collects poems from a dozen previous books--together with forty-two new poems--and makes available poems from volumes long out of print, including groundbreaking books such asThe Escape Into You and National Book Award finalistStars Which See, Stars Which Do Not See. It amply demonstrates why Bell's poetic voice has been continually praised for its lucidity and eloquence, and has been rightly characterized as ambitious without pretension. "To Dorothy" You are not beautiful, exactly. You are beautiful, inexactly. You let a weed grow by the mulberry and a mulberry grow by the house. So close, in the personal quiet of a windy night, it brushes the wall and sweeps away the day till we sleep. A child said it, and it seemed true: "Things that are lost are all equal." But it isn't true. If I lost you, the air wouldn't move, nor the tree grow. Someone would pull the weed, my flower. The quiet wouldn't be yours. If I lost you, I'd have to ask the grass to let me sleep. "One of our finest and most acclaimed poets."--Booklist Marvin Bell's poetry has appeared in scores of anthologies and in magazines such asThe New Yorker andAtlantic Monthly. He has lectured and read at universities in 45 states and territories, is the recipient of the Lamont Award and teaches in the Iowa Writer's Workshop. Also available by Marvin Bell The Book of the Dead Man PB $12.00, 1-55659-063-6 * CUSA HC y $22.00, 1-55659-062-8 * CUSA Ardor: The Book of the Dead Man, Volume 2 PB $14.00, 1-55659-081-4 * CUSA Iris of Creation PB $10.00, 1-55659-032-6 * CUSA Less Self Throwing your voice is one of t… (more)


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