Lindsey Martin-Bowen Inside Virgil's Garage

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Inside Virgil's Garage

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Lindsey Martin-Bowen has exposed the heart of every poet in her new book, Inside Virgil’s Garage. The human paradox of living in an orderly outer world while hiding a eclectic and chaotic inner self of every poet. She takes the reader to a safe place to explore the corners of individual collection of memories and delusions. In opening the door of Virgil’s garage, the reader is given the freedom to explore.

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Lindsey Martin-Bowen teaches writing, literature and cultural studies at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. In 2008, Woodley Press (Washburn University) published her poetry collection, Standing on the Edge of the World, which The Gulf Times, LoHud.com, and The Kansas City Star named one of the Top 10 Poetry Books for 2008. Paladin Contemporaries released two of her novels, Hamburger Haven (2009) and Cicada Grove (1992). She holds an MA in English/creative writing and a Juris Doctor.

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More Places than Virgil's Garage (part one)

By Maryfrances 3-13-14
Lindsey Martin-Bowen's new book offers a nice narrative variety for readers with many poems having a strong sense of place and an interesting assortment of characters.

The first section ...  "Absurdia" ... take[s] place in ... Kansas City to Breckenridge [and] a motley crew: George ... in a tee-pee, Chaz ...  Natalie ...  an army brat, and Rocket .., coked up. Whether ... at the pool hall or ... at the local fish fry where someone brings "possum stuffing," Martin-Bowen captures the place and the people quite well.

More Places than Virgil's ( 2)
by Maryfrances Wagner 3-13-14
"Frenzies," offers ... surreal images ... Mrs. Nimrod ...  spotted a crocodile under the floorboard," to "Julio popped a bubble/that sent the boxcars in the wrong/direction." Isabel, Lili, Julio, Jasmine, and Madeline pop up ... with ... Audrey, "the thinnest iguana." ... these poems still make a serious comment.

More Places than Virgil's (3)
by Maryfrances 3-13-14

The last ... "Other Insanities"  has ... eccentric moments and characters, but ... is .. more serious ... In ... "Van Gogh's Eyes," she says, "...their gray faces/fade into the night/as if they were ghosts/thinking of their lives,/tortured as mine,/or of some failed Napoleon/ wandering Les Champs-Elysèes." In "Necrosis," "You won't be able to escape."

More Places than Virgil's (4)
by Maryfrances 3-13-14

"Necrosis" is a four-part poem where "A gull dives for a fish/but comes up empty," ... "the future cold equals infinity." Not all ... are serious ... and the delightful "Red dress--red car," is a response to Kim Addonizio's poem "What Do Women Want?" Instead of a red dress, Martin-Bowen wants a sexy red car. "Hat" is a fun poem where ... a vintage hat ... takes her ... to "Dublin streets with James Joyce" ... Molly Bloom. ... she is reborn.
... fifty-six well-crafted poems any reader would enjoy. Maryfrances Wagner, Co-editor, I-70 Review.

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