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Iris of Creation
Marvin Bell
$10.00 paperback
978-155659-032-0
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Iris of Creation  (paperback)
Marvin Bell

Emotional and intellectual rigor are everywhere abundant in the poems of Iris of Creation. Marvin Bell's poems often begin where personal, philosophical, and political experiences intersect, or as Henry Carlile wrote in The Ohio Review, "One often senses that a Bell poem begins where other poets quit." Bell's quirky, lively imagination and idiomatic language admit a plethora of influences and experiences, articulating the need for personal transformation from within. This collection displays the poet at the height of his powers.


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For Iris of Creation, Marvin Bell

"Undeniably original."—Publishers Weekly

"A mature and self-assured collection of verse... These poems offer a strong counter to the critics of 'the state' of modern verse."—Library Journal

"Iris of Creation is an important new work by an important poet—fluent, witty, and very wise."—Donald Justice

"Reading these poems, one is immediately struck by the poet's range of styles and themes, by his unique view of the world, by the depth of emotion gracefully, effortlessly conveyed... A major new collection by one of our finest and most acclaimed poets."—Booklist

"In Iris of Creation, [Marvin Bell] charts a realm in which contradictory emotional evidence is the norm. In this book Bell is more vulnerable than ever before—and more powerful... Marvin Bell continues to amaze and delight his readers."—Bloomsbury Review

"Reading [Iris of Creation], one is immediately struck by the poet's range of styles and themes, by his unique view of the world, by the depth of emotion gracefully, effortlessly conveyed... A major... collection by one of our finest and most acclaimed poets."—Booklist

"One often senses that a Bell poem begins where most poets quit."—Ohio Review

"A sense of intelligent wonder pervades this thinking man's guide to the emotions where Bell is, as always, a master of tone."—North American Review

"Iris of Creation is the handsomest book I've seen in a while. Copper Canyon Press has designed, printed, and bound it in a manner that should be the envy of the trade... What I have long admired in Marvin Bell's work is his willingness to think aloud, to speechify and speculate, to entertain ideas."—J. D. McClatchy, Poetry

"Iris of Creation is an important... work by an important poet—fluent, witty and very wise."—Donald Justice

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