Mars Being Red

Marvin Bell

Mars Being Red is the most political book of Marvin Bell’s storied career—and one of his most beautiful. Appalled by our government’s military aggression and destructive ideologies, he responded with a book willing to risk all, in an atypical book of personal poetry that delivers political goods.

ISBN: 9781556592577

Format: Paperback

About the Author

Marvin Bell, author of twenty-three books of poetry and essays, has been called “an insider who thinks like an outsider,” and his writing has been called “ambitious without pretension.” Reviewing The Book of the Dead Man for The Georgia Review, Judith Kitchen noted: “These new books by Marvin Bell are doing to poetry what has occasionally been done before—sending it into new and original territory. Bell has redefined poetry as it is being practiced today.” His latest books are After …

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Mars Being Red forces us to see that our government predilection for military aggression is just as common as our daily routines.” —Port Townsend Leader

“Bell is a furious poet who rages against war; his weapons of mass destruction are his words.” —Library Journal

“As grimly demotic as ever… Bell continues to display his familiar virtues: his poems project a consistent voice, direct, laconic, and unsusceptible to illusion.” —Publishers Weekly

“Bell knows that poetic witness is not mere journalism, knows that it must include the invisible, the often unnoticed, and the visible seen in new ways… [he] understands that it is the interiority of the writer and that of the reader that must meet in the poem.” —World Literature Today