Official launch and book signing of Belle Fox-Martin’s new Book Misplaced Day will take place on Saturday, April 18, from 4-6pm at Lauren Clark Fine Art, 25 Railroad Street in Great Barrington, MA.
This engaging collection is read front to back and back to front (known as tête bêche), enhancing the physical juxtaposition of resonant poetry at one end and quirky, often prose at the other. Belle Fox-Martin’s poetry has often been likened to the work of Frank O’Hara and her prose would be at home on NPR’s Selected Shorts.
Belle Fox Martin writes as witness to a wide sweep of themes, embracing old love, peace, nature, solitude, revenge, aging and even fantasy as in the Isle of Bloat written in five parts about a one armed community. Then, there is the soliloquy of a pet pig (Couchon Noir). Some prose pieces are like linear conversations, charming in their own right. There is imaginative imagery throughout, and then the surprising play on words in the story The Organ Recipient.
The poetry section read from the other end is very different from the prose pieces; more abstract, metaphorical and often playful. Some may remind the reader of a lengthy dream sequence as in Retrospective. Then there is A Fist Full: a prompt that leads to streams of consciousness that actually texture the page.
This is Belle Fox-Martin’s fifth book to date and it most certainly reflects her eclectic experiences as a Licensed Congregational Minister, artist, social worker, and writing teacher. She lives in Stockbridge, MA with her wife Cheryl Hutto and their two standard poodles.