Marvin Bell

Marvin Bell, retired from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, teaches for the low-residency M.F.A. program based at Pacific University in Oregon. He and his wife, Dorothy, live in Iowa City, Iowa, and Port Townsend, Washington. Vertigo: The Living Dead Man Poems appeared in 2011 and After the Fact: Scripts & Postscripts (a collaboration with Christopher Merrill) will be released in 2016.

Summer 2007

Art Shoes

By Marvin Bell

Let's turn a blind shoe to war. Let's point our shiny shoes ahead and behind, to earth and sky, to time and no-time. Let us kick up a rumpus to […]

Spring 2004

Epithalamium

By Marvin Bell

If you twist a rope twist it and twist it no matter how long a rope it is after awhile you cannot make one more turn without skinning your palms […]

Spring 2004

Bright Lights of January

By Marvin Bell

An oak branch chewed down to the meat and the window of a car grumbling over gravel toward groceries and the news are midmorning’sbright lights of January. The brittle leaves […]

Fall 1990

Initial Conditions

By Marvin Bell

The way the sun will slant, breaking through the window of the Uptown Café to light a page from Dickinson or Moore, may pick up the names of America’s heroes […]