- Paperback: 90 pages
- Publisher: Furniture Press Books (September 1, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0982629958
- ISBN-13: 978-0982629956
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,223,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
Quirky, electric poems, spare and challenging.
Martine Bellen's psychological and linguistic adventures in poetry are unlike anyone else's. Celebrating the instabilities of our experience, her poems maneuver kaleidoscopically between ordinary life and myth or fairy tale, vital human concerns such as identity and dreamlike atmospheres where nothing stays as it appears for long. Her "host of unlikely divinities" display a reality that is never ordinary, always evocative.
Martine Bellen invokes a new Muse, a new daughter of Mnemosyne, in WABAC MACHINE. In these poems, Time itself is the traveller--visiting epic, visiting nightmare, mischief and the Land of Heart's Desire. To Bellen, Time is a creature alive for an instant, and the instant reaches very far indeed, in every direction, even so far as the laughter of the gods.
WABAC MACHINE begins innocently enough with the thought that a cat has no real name and proceeds through inexorable dream/dervish/fairy tale logic to a place (the wild?) where nouns dissolve. This is a world of radical flux where self is barely even a construction. Let's call it post-human. There is nothing academic about it. Things loom up and are always something else. Here it makes perfect sense for one "me" to say, " I sell temporary kitties in the form of reconstituted sponges.
About the Author
Martine Bellen is the author of the novella 2X(SQUARED) (BlazeVOX Books, 2010) and seven collections of poetry, including GHOSTS! (Spuyten Duyvil, 2011), THE VULNERABILITY OF ORDER (Copper Canyon Press, 2001); FURTHER ADVENTURES OF THE MONKEY GOD (Spuyten Duyvil); TALES OF MURASAKI AND OTHER POEMS (Sun & Moon Press, 1999), which won the National Poetry Series Award; and PLACES PEOPLE DARE NOT ENTER (Potes & Poets Press, 1991). A bilingual collection of her poetry has been published in Germany by Verlag im Waldgut (translator, Hans Juergen Balmes). She has written the libretto for Ovidiana, an opera based on Ovid's Metamorphoses (composer, Matthew Greenbaum) that has been performed in New York City and Philadelphia. She has collaborated with David Rosenboom on Ah! Opera No-Opera, a pioneering collective work, that's been co-composed and performed by creators from around the globe. Its world premiere was in September 2009 at Redcat in Los Angeles. She was a recipient of a Rockefeller Foundation residency in Bellagio, Italy, as well as an American Academy of Poets Award.
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