Marvin Bell

Marvin Bell’s most recent books are Vertigo: The Living Dead Man Poems; Whiteout (a collaboration with photographer Nathan Lyons; and A Primer about the Flag, a children’s picture book based on the poem of the same title. He lives in the Midwest and Northwest regions of the U.S. In 1986, he took part in the Adelaide Arts Festival.

The Book of the Dead Man (Silence)

Live as if you were already dead. Zen admonition 1. About the Dead Man and Silence The dead man has cultivated an alien silence. Amid cacophony, his deepest ear remains at low tide, his insides go quiet. He has turned …

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The din of leaf blowers recalls the promise of jetpacks and the wide-eyed at space launches. Progress has boosted the noise level so high I can’t hear myself think. I can feel my brain sliding from the impenetrability of man-made …

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