Poems by Peter Bell, at the iTunes Store 17 August

The revised and enlarged collection of poems can be viewed at the iTunes Store by clicking here.

This edition contains a poem, in French, by guest poet Véronique Barry.  Ms Barry was a dear, nearly lifelong, friend of Peter Bell, having met him while he was in Bordeaux during his junior year at UC-Davis.  Former FAIS students and colleagues will remember her teaching Peter’s classes during the school year 1994-1995.

Please note: this edition (like that of the short stories and the 1-act play, also new to the iTunes Store) is designed for the iPad, iPhone, or iPod (i.e., for the iBooks app). Enjoy!

 

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At the iTunes Store, 15 August, Nocturne by Peter Bell

The revised and enlarged collection of short stories can be viewed at the iTunes Store by clicking here.

A few typos have been corrected, more media added, and “La Plaie” now appears in the original French as well as in translation.

And, the brilliant and bittersweet 1-act play “We have the stars…” is published for the first time.

Please note: this edition is designed for the iPad, iPhone, or iPod (i.e., for the iBooks app).

Now that I have, more or less, mastered the process of getting a book made for iOS, soon to come are: the enlarged collection of poems and … the Erotica iBook. And finally … still aiming for “by year’s end” … the memoir.

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Erotica

Puerile trick get your attention?  How many of Peter Bell’s friends, colleagues and students were familiar with his alter ego, Hillary Hackert?  Bawdy tales will appear soon at the iTunes Store as a third iBook.  (Third?  Neither of the previously announced iBooks has appeared: there’s a contractual glitch, a date later this month before which much of this cannot appear.)

You might well ask – Why all these individual volumes?  In part, enticement for the final collected works, the memoir.  And, perhaps more importantly, there may be an audience for the poems alone, or for only the stories.

Or, the erotica, which is more play with words that P Bell so delighted in than true porn.

When any of these three small volumes appears, I will announce it here and on social media sites.

N.B.—A couple of written contributions have come in and will be part of the memoir.  Please consider offering your own reflections, letters to/from Peter Bell, photographs, written or YouTube video tribute…  I would be deeply honored to include them.  Please help me spread the word to others who knew Peter Bell.  Your submission deadline is very near…

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Poems & short stories of Peter Bell coming soon to the iTunes Store

… new “iBook” editions of the poems and stories.  (The eventual collection—the complete memoir—will include a video component.  To the friends, colleagues and students of Peter Bell: please consider contributing recorded comments.)

The ISBNs have been purchased.  Additional weeks of hard work have culminated in two volumes that are (significantly, I think) different from the original E-pub/Amazon versions in a number of ways.

With two additional poems, in French, one Peter’s, the other by a guest author who knew Peter and has written of their final hours shared; more photographs of and sketches by Peter.

And the stories—including the original French version of La Plaie—along with the funny and bittersweet 1-act play We have the stars….

Now, to attend to the final details: more proof-reading, rethinking the cover art, assigning the ISBNs and completing the BISAC code, and …

Any suggestions or requests—and written or media contributions to the memoir—will be much appreciated.

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Photographs of a passionate traveler

– to Chicago, México, and Mont Saint-Michel

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Reconciliation

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In conversation with Father Michael, I was able to verbalize something which I could latch onto on this path leading to death—the idea being that I am approaching reconciliation with my heavenly Father, and can finally free myself of my dilemma of not finding reconciliation with my earthly father.  As I die, I can let go of the pain of death which I experienced with my sister’s suicide, with my mother’s death a year later, and more recently [1989] my partner John Moe.  Our Father in Heaven will lead me to that celestial riverbank where spirits celebrate the ultimate reconciliation.  This is an image of strength for me as I approach my end.

[From Peter’s journal, San Francisco, 1994]

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On this day in 1959,

Peter Marshall Bell was born to L Ferris and Caroline Bell.

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