Alamo Theory

Josh Bell

Part cultural critique, part surreal saga, and funniest at its most distressed, Josh Bell’s new book interrogates poetry, and language itself, asking tough questions of identity, of masculinity, and of American culture and its outliers. “Have you attended a picnic / that didn’t end in tears?” Alamo Theory is a humorously and darkly imagined corridor of time, anchored by a series of provocations spoken by epic hero Vince Neil, the former frontman of Mötley Crüe. Bell’s poems embrace isolation amid the waste and wonder of the senses.

ISBN: 9781556593994

Format: Paperback

About the Author

Josh Bell attended the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he was a Teaching-Writing Fellow and a Paul Engle Postgraduate Fellow. His PhD is from the University of Cincinnati — where he held a Distinguished Graduate fellowship — and he was the Diane Middlebrook Poetry Fellow at the University of Wisconsin’s Institute for Creative Writing. The author of a previous collection of poems, No Planets Strike, Bell is the recipient of an NEA grant, has been a member of the …

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“This is a speaker who has seen too much, felt too much, who cannot bear much more, but who still believes in us, and in his job, enough to try to bring back an accurate report from the large and the small broken heart.” —Jorie Graham

“Josh sings as if he had both a feather and a pistol held to his throat—objects that somehow (so absurd and surreal is his world) merge into the same provocation.” —Calvin Bedient