The poetry of Marvin Bell, set to music by David Gompper, will be performed as a song recital at the Old Capitol Museum Senate Chamber, University of Iowa, on February 19.
Lani Jacobsen, of 74th Street Productions, Seattle, confirmed that The Marvin Bell Celebration will feature original poems from its book Poetry for a Midsummer Night’s Dream, an illustrated collection of love poems published to celebrate Shakespeare’s beloved play.
Mr. Bell, a Guggenheim and NEA fellow, Senior Fulbright Appointee to Yugoslavia and Australia, has recently retired from the faculty of the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop and served as Iowa’s first Poet Laureate.
Five poems from the book are included in the concert, Being in Love, Five Ohs, How the Lovers Found True Love After All, Like Words, Like Music and To Dorothy.
Poetry for a Midsummer’s Night, a book designed to be read aloud under the moon on a Midsummer Night with a very special person, is available through PartnersWest, Baker & Taylor, Amazon or www.74thstreet.com