Invitation to the Voyage: Selected Poems of Peter Marshall Bell

Invitation to the Voyage: Selected Poems of Peter Marshall Bell

by Raymond Boyington
     
 

Twenty-one poems encompass anguish and despair, irony, humor, love and tenderness.

From a review by Jack A Urquhart: Bell wrote the collection’s final poem a mere six weeks before his death. Entitled “Silent Vigil” (by the editor; several of Bell’s poems were untitled), the poem is steeped in the traditions of romanticism. I…  See more details below

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Twenty-one poems encompass anguish and despair, irony, humor, love and tenderness.

From a review by Jack A Urquhart: Bell wrote the collection’s final poem a mere six weeks before his death. Entitled “Silent Vigil” (by the editor; several of Bell’s poems were untitled), the poem is steeped in the traditions of romanticism. I count it the most moving and the most transcendent of the lot. As a writer, I like to think that the reason the poem resonates is that it leapfrogs grim reality—the cold, hard fact that none of us lasts forever (which Peter anticipates for himself in the poem’s first few lines)—to provide a glimmer of hope. That hope is nothing less than love’s enduring legacy, a message—Peter’s message, in this case—so durable, so generic (in the best sense of that word) that as long as there is language and human beings to appreciate it, will comfort and sustain as well a thousand years from now as it does today.

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Editorial Reviews

Jack Urquhart
Truth so simple and obvious that it hurts to be reminded.
Véronique Barry
I love Peter's poetry, with its mixture of irony, hidden despair and non-judgmental tenderness.
Norman Jacobs
Love’s magic is that in giving it to another you have more, not less. And you become more connected to the people in your life and more aware of what really matters.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940014481175
Publisher:
Raymond L Boyington
Publication date:
05/02/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Peter Bell was a much-loved teacher of history and a passionate traveler. He wrote poetry (among other literary genres) beginning with his Peace Corps service in Senegal, 1981-83, until the year of his untimely passing, 1994.

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