NYS Writers Institute, Septmeber 30, 2003
Bell has received consistent praise for being one of poetry's true innovators. In reviewing The Book of the Dead Man (1994), which many regard as Bell's most radical work, Richard Jackson in the North American Review noted, "What The Book of the Dead Man does, by its verbal pyrotechnics, is redefine sensibility. . .This is an astonishing feat. There's no greater gift any poet or poetry can bring." Judith Kitchen also praised Bell's work for "sending [poetry] into new and original territory. . .Bell has redefined poetry as it is being practiced today."
Bell's other poetry volumes include A Marvin Bell Reader: Selected Poetry and Prose (1994), Iris of Creation (1990), New and Selected Poems (1987), Stars Which See, Stars Which Do Not See (1977), which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and Probable Volume of Dreams (1969), which was a Lamont Poetry Selection of the Academy of American Poets. Bell also has received the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature along with numerous writing fellowships. He is a longtime member of the faculty of the Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa. He was also selected to be the State of Iowa's first Poet Laureate in 2000.
Books by Marvin Bell
Writers Online Magazine Article
The Poetry Kit Interview
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