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Nightworks: Poems 1962-2000 / Edition 2
     

Nightworks: Poems 1962-2000 / Edition 2

by Marvin Bell
 

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ISBN-10: 1556591802

ISBN-13: 2901556591807

Pub. Date: 02/01/2003

Publisher: Copper Canyon Press

Marvin Bell is at the peak of his formidable powers. Long recognized as one of America's liveliest poetic in-novators, he has said in a recent interview, "I want to do something beyond convention, beyond accepted levels of skill, beyond the expected, beyond the predictable, beyond the wholly welcome."

Nightworks is truly beyond the usual fare, and

Overview

Marvin Bell is at the peak of his formidable powers. Long recognized as one of America's liveliest poetic in-novators, he has said in a recent interview, "I want to do something beyond convention, beyond accepted levels of skill, beyond the expected, beyond the predictable, beyond the wholly welcome."

Nightworks is truly beyond the usual fare, and critics have praised it as "a major event," "long overdue,"and "essential." As the definitive collection of Bell's 40-year career, it combines new poems with choice selections from all of his previous books.

Marvin Bell has taught for nearly 40 years at the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He is the first and current Poet Laureate of Iowa.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2901556591807
Publisher:
Copper Canyon Press
Publication date:
02/01/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304

Table of Contents

New Poems
Sounds of the Resurrected Dead Man's Footsteps
(#1) Baby Hamlet / The Play Within the Play3
(#2) Skulls / Skulls4
(#3) Beast, Peach and Dance / Angel, Portrait and Breath6
(#4) Indeterminate Time / Yes and No8
(#5) Fly, Fleece and Tractor/Syringe, Cloak and Elevator9
(#6) A Tree in a Window,10
the Window Itself,
and the Mustard-Colored Butter Substitute That Might Be the Sun
(#7) Odysseus / Inconsolable Love12
(#8) His Knickers, His High Shoes/His Windbreaker, His
Watch Cap14
(#9) Exquisite Disembodiment / Apotheosis and Separation15
(#10) Dog, Bell and Blossom / Kneecap, Whiskey and Glass16
(#11) Passion / Consolation18
(#12) Today, Tibet / Tomorrow, Tibet20
(#13) That Swine Are Intelligent / That Ducks Are Dumb22
(#14) Lives of the Whales / Old Whalers Church, SagHarbor23
(#15) Man Burning a Field / Vertigo24
(#16) Oneself/One's Other Self25
(#17) At the Walking Dunes, Eastern Long Island / 26
Walking in the Drowning Forest
(#18) One Potato Two / Three Potato Four28
(#19) Griddle, Grease and Piecrust/Oboe, Drum and Pocket
Trumpet29
(#20) Shakespeare Expected / Shakespeare Dismissed31
(#21) Less Judgment / Less Self33
The Hole in the Sea37
Treetops39
What Songs the Soldiers Sang40
Things We Dreamt We Died For41
The Condition42
My Hate43
The Admission44
Walking Thoughts45
The Israeli Navy46
Give Back, Give Back49
The Parents of Psychotic Children50
A Picture of Soldiers51
The Extermination of the Jews52
Water, Winter, Fire53
Our Subject Death54
A Biography57
I Adore You (1960)58
Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense59
Rescue, Rescue60
Your Shakespeare61
We Have Known62
American Poets63
Song of Social Despair64
Getting Lost in Nazi Germany65
Our Romance66
Obsessive67
The Answer68
What Lasts69
Constant Feelings70
The Willing71
Put Back the Dark72
Song: The Organic Years73
Study of the Letter A77
Aristotle78
Origin of Dreams79
Father and Russia80
Garlic81
Trying to Catch Fire82
You Would Know83
Little Father Poem84
Temper85
The Self and the Mulberry89
Unable to Wake in the Heat90
The Mystery of Emily Dickinson91
Trinket92
The Wild Cherry Tree Out Back93
Two Pictures of a Leaf94
Stars Which See, Stars Which Do Not See95
To No One In Particular96
Written During Depression: How to Be Happy98
"Gradually, It Occurs to Us ..."99
What Is There100
Dew at the Edge of a Leaf101
By Different Paths102
An Introduction to My Anthology103
Watching the Bomber Pass Over104
To Dorothy105
Gemwood106
He Said To111
We Had Seen a Pig112
The Canal at Rye114
The Last Thing I Say116
To an Adolescent Weeping Willow117
These Green-Going-to-Yellow119
A Motor121
White Clover127
Unless It Was Courage128
Jane Was With Me129
Drawn by Stones, by Earth, by Things That Have Been in
the Fire131
Starfish132
Felt but Not Touched134
Trees As Standing for Something135
Instructions to Be Left Behind136
The Nest138
The Facts of Life140
Days of Time141
One of the Animals142
The Stones143
Personal Reasons145
Wednesday149
Long Island150
Replica152
The Politics of an Object154
Classified155
The Pill156
In My Nature: 3 Corrective Dialogues158
After a Line by Theodore Roethke162
He Had a Good Year165
An Old Trembling166
Nature167
Comb and Rake168
A Man May Change169
3 Horses Facing the Saskatchewan Sun170
How He Grew Up171
I, or Someone Like Me172
Portrait173
Tall Ships175
An Elegy for the Past176
I Will Not Be Claimed177
By the Iowa178
Dark Brow179
A Primer About the Flag180
Icarus Thought181
Washing Our Hands of the Rest of America182
If I Had One Thing to Say183
Sevens (Version 3): In the Closed Iris of Creation184
Darts187
Victim of Himself188
Poem After Carlos Drummond de Andrade189
Initial Conditions191
Ecstasy205
Short Version of Ecstasy209
Cryptic Version of Ecstasy210
Eastern Long Island211
Poem in Orange Tones213
Interview215
The Uniform216
Ending with a Line from Lear217
(#1) About the Dead Man221
(#3) About the Beginnings of the Dead Man223
(#6) About the Dead Man's Speech225
(#11) About the Dead Man and Medusa227
(#13) About the Dead Man and Thunder229
(#14) About the Dead Man and Government231
(#15) About the Dead Man and Rigor Mortis233
(#19) About the Dead Man and Winter235
(#21) About the Dead Man's Happiness237
(#23) About the Dead Man and His Masks239
(#29) About the Dead Man and Sex241
(#30) About the Dead Man's Late Nights243
(#34) About the Dead Man, Ashes and Dust247
(#35) About the Dead Man and Childhood249
(#42) About the Dead Man's Not Telling251
(#43) About the Dead Man and Desire253
(#47) Toaster, Kettle and Breadboard255
(#54) About the Dead Man and the Corpse of Yugoslavia257
(#58) About the Dead Man Outside259
(#62) About the Dead Man Apart261
(#63) About the Dead Man and Anyway263
(#65) About the Dead Man and Sense265
(#66) About the Dead Man and Everpresence267
(#68) Accounts of the Dead Man269
Index of Titles273
Index of First Lines276

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