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The Collected Dead Man Poems
Marvin Bell

The Dead Man, Marvin Bell’s brilliant poetic invention, is an overarching consciousness, alive and dead at once, defeating time. Mystical and anonymous, The Dead Man offers searing insight into the joys, as well as the catastrophes, of fluctuating cultural and political moments. Incarnate draws from all of Bell’s previous collections where The Dead Man appeared, and adds an abundant cache of new poems that resonate with “the dark matter and sticky stuff” of life. As David St. John writes in his introduction, “No voice in our poetry has spoken with more eloquence and wisdom of the daily spiritual, political and psychological erosion in our lives; no poet has gathered our American experience with a more capacious tenderness―all the while naming and celebrating our persistent hopes and enduring human desires….Remarkable for its eclectic and culturally diverse vision, Incarnate embodies a vivid world of poetic reflection unlike anything else in American poetry.”

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For Incarnate, Marvin Bell

I feel this book is a masterpiece, one of a handful of essential books in American poetry in the last 50 years.—David St. John

“...In the meditations of this timeless Everyman, a wisecracking poet-philosopher who comprehends the human condition in all its complexity, we may see the world anew... Incarnate is a book for the ages.”—Christopher Merrill

“For 25 years, Marvin Bell has been chronicling one of the most enigmatic characters in American poetry... To live as if you’re already dead means many things—all of which the dead man poems are trying to teach us.” —Nathan Goldman for The Poetry Foundation

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