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2X2 by Martine Bellen

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2X2 Martine Bellen BlazeVOX [books]

 Praise for 2X2:

2X2 is a zany, wise, moving, beautifully written life investigation of sorts. I laughed out loud. That poet Bellen has a hell of an imagination.
—Kate Lardner, author of Shut Up He Explained: The Memoir of a Blacklisted Kid

Smart, funny, at once spare and lyrically lush, this mythic tale of a lost girl stalking her lost double will pull you delightedly along with its swift narrative—pull you up short when it makes you stop and think. Martine Bellen is an astonishing writer.
—Rilla Askew, author of Harpsong and The Mercy Seat

In this work is some of the most beautiful and intuitively provocative language of anything I have read.
—Ken Keegan

Nora comes across a newspaper article about her lost twin that sets in motion her search for her doppelganger and thrusts her from the safe island life that she has created into a sweeping, surrealist escapade, buried in the depths of an undifferentiated dream of ocean. Drifting through the foggy myths of her past, she practices spycraft and lessons of D?gen Zenji, and follows her guardian angel stepmother’s advice to always bring bread, milk, and ham (gifts for spontaneous bribes) when traveling to lands unknown. Veils of betrayal and isolation are lifted as Nora navigates systems of story (fairy tale and science); belief and faith (spiritual and mythological); and reality (phenomenological and truth). As in many travel odysseys, the fictions of space, time, and being are placed under a microscope and an ever-unraveling solitary journey loosens into an always uncanny, sometime hilarious, interdependent adventure.

Martine Bellen is the author of six collections of poetry, including The Vulnerability of Order (Copper Canyon Press); Further Adventures of the Monkey God (Spuyten Duyvil); Tales of Murasaki and Other Poems (Sun & Moon Press), which won the National Poetry Series Award; and Places People Dare Not Enter (Potes & Poets Press). Along with composer David Rosenboom, Bellen wrote AH! opera no-opera. She was a recipient of a Rockefeller Foundation residency in Bellagio, Italy and of a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship, as well as an American Academy of Poets Award. For more about her, visit:

Book Information:

· Paperback: 118 pages
· Binding: Perfect-Bound
· Publisher: BlazeVOX [books]
· ISBN: 9781935402213

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