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No Planets Strike.

Bell, Josh.

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ISBN 10: 1932023216 / ISBN 13: 9781932023213
Published by University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln and London, 2004
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88 pages. Softcover. New book. POETRY. No Planets Strike, the debut collection of poetry by Josh Bell, reads as a playfully serious record of modernity. Subversive in their treatment of the contemporary voice, broad in their subject matter, and often delightfully funny, the poems in this collection have a brilliant ear language. Josh Bell is a lecturer in the creative writing program at Columbia University while he completes his dissertation for the University of Cincinnati. His poems have appeared in 9th Letter, Boston Review, Hotel Amerika, Indiana Review, Triquarterly, Verse, and Volt. "Bell delivers on his promise to 'burn the very Latin from the world,' insisting on grief-stricken gutturals often undercut by wry or Dadaist humor that prove him to be one of the most tonally versatile young poets working today."ÑTanya Larkin, Boston Book Review "Edgy in both senses of the word. Josh Bell populates his daft American heartland with the runaway muse Ramona and her clones. The resulting landscapes are as dangerous, funny, and drop-dead gorgeous as those in a Road Runner cartoon."ÑJohn Ashbery "Josh sings as if he had both a feather and a pistol held to his throatÑobjects that somehow (so absurd and surreal is his world) merge into the same provocation. He's tickled and he's frightened; he's at once hilariously and seriously voluble. Reeling from a sense that the universe cudgels us (that most contemporary of feelings), he yet boasts, rightfully, of his devices, which, wrongly, he calls 'rusted.' Everywhere in this dazzling collection he vindicates the idea that 'we're at the fingertips / of so much force; it makes us / feel like singing.'"ÑCalvin Bedient "This is not a book for the agoraphobic, the acrophobic, or the erotophobic: Josh Bell's fierceness of wit, his deft lyricism, his ability to swing adroitly between dictions high and low, combine to create a world that is savage and irreverent, yet fraught with longings spiritual and corporeal."ÑCate Marvin "Josh Bell's No Planets Strike is a scary and deeply moving voyage through a wide spectrum of very American self-confrontation. With a voice that can move easily across many dialects and moodsÑa voice that can mutter, 'Ramona, I can't sleep, I shot / too many Indians. I shot and shot / but they wouldn't fall down'Ñthis powerful first collection reminds us of all that is untranslatably American in our experience, as well as our language. It is a mesmerizing tonal range Bell achievesÑ'reach[ing] for the sky'Ñbeing grounded down by a reality of deep psychic and national orphanhood, one that is, as well, bravely clear-headed, capable of grief without self-pity, filled with dark humorÑsassy, witty, caustic, dying to love and be loved, trying not to sell out to powers visible and invisible. This is a speaker who has seem too much, felt too much, who cannot bear much more, but who still believes in us, and in his job, enough to try to bring back an accurate report from the large and the small broken heart."ÑJorie Graham (Key Words: Josh Bell, Poetry). Bookseller Inventory # 65871X2

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Title: No Planets Strike.

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln and London

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition:New

Edition: Reprint Edition..

Book Type: book

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No Planets Strike, the debut collection by Josh Bell, reads as a playfully serious record of modernity. Subversive in their treatment of the contemporary voice, broad in their subject matter, and often delightfully funny, the poems in this collection have a brilliant ear language.

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No Planets Strike, the debut collection by Josh Bell, reads as a playfully serious record of modernity. Subversive in their treatment of the contemporary voice, broad in their subject matter, and often delightfully funny, the poems in this collection have a brilliant ear language.

Josh Bell received his MA from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and his MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he was a Teaching-Writing Fellow and Paul Engle Fellow. He is currently the Diane Middlebrook Fellow at the University of Wisconsin. His poems have appeared in such magazines as Boston Review, Colorado Review, Fence, Hotel Amerika, Verse, and Volt.

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