Poetry. "A masque: it's all a mask, celebrating the 'organic'...British nature (transplants to US), in layers of spring and subsequent decay, within a long cultural history and a (to middle age) lifespan, personal pain, modernization, human war, gods and goddesses speaking anywhere. The poem has an enormous and muscular musicality (including prose musicality); the Poet constantly wondering how to Bee, how a Fool can Bee (symbol of all good qualities, sunniness, industry, royalty and divinity, various Saints)...A stunning, pleasurable book."—Alice Notley
"Martin Corless-Smith is a gifted and brilliant poet. His work is filled with poesy and all that can mean for the depth of the art. The mind is vertical as it moves through the master box of diction and form. Here is a generous voice with wild lyric runs and gorgeous music throughout—we are only made richer by this tender work. THE FOOL AND THE BEE is a fabulous book of the poetic imagination."—Peter Gizzi
Martin Corless-Smith is an English poet and painter who lives and teaches in Boise, Idaho. His ninth collection of poems, THE MELANCHOLY OF ANATOMY, will be released in 2021 by Shearsman Books. His other recent works include THE ONGOING MYSTERY OF THE DISAPPEARING SELF (SplitLevel Texts, 2020), ODIOUS HORIZONS (Miami University Press, 2019) and THE FOOL AND THE BEE (Shearsman Books, 2019).
Author City: BOISE, ID USA