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Vulnerability of Order, The
Martine Bellen
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Vulnerability of Order, The
Martine Bellen

Martine Bellen's third collection of poetry taps into the irrepressible and often chaotic spirit which inspires artistic expression. With her swirling, luxuriant images, Bellen explores the philosophical fragments from ancient Greece, religious rituals, and writes of historical women who have transgressed the perceived boundaries of femininity. Here is slave-turned-activist Sojourner Truth holding court with Abraham Lincoln; here is Pocahontas, Calamity Jane, the outlaw Belle Starr, and Lola Montez, who after becoming the Queen of Bavaria lit out for the gold rush of the American Frontier. Each woman has her poem and each poem arcs to the others, creating an electric portrait of life's possibilities.

Erratum: Copper Canyon Press printed an incorrect credit to the artist whose work appears on the cover of The Vulnerability of Order. The image on the cover is untitled (butterflies and braids), 1994 by Gregory Crewdson, courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, NY. Our apologies for any confusion this caused.

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For Vulnerability of Order, The, Martine Bellen

"An extraordinary achievement."—Ann Lauterbach

"Playful, linguistically nuanced and jaggedly jazzed, the poems of Bellen's third collection come at an old philosophical problem with the very latest aesthetic tools."—Publishers Weekly

"A unique, immediate collection whose identities proliferate into ever wilder, ever more distinctive words. One of the best you've ever published!"—Donald Revell, from a "Reader Response" card

"The Vulnerability of Order is an engaging, philosophically resonant book, one as intriguing in its disconnections as in its connections."—Rain Taxi

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