Drawn to Marvel

 Drawn to Marvel

Edited by Bryan D. Dietrich and Marta Ferguson, “Drawn to Marvel” is an anthology covering five decades of poetry about comic books and includes work from over 100 writers of diverse backgrounds. It is the first and only poetry anthology of its kind, and pays homage to characters like The Avengers, The Justice League, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Swamp Thing, to name a few.   Notable contributors include Sherman Alexie, Lucille Clifton, Michael Martone, Rae Armantrout, Jason Mott, D. A. Powell, Jeannine Hall Gailey, Oscar McNary, Evan J. Peterson, and Michael Schmeltzer.    The writers delve deep into the lives of their heroes to offer playful character perspectives and bold reinterpretations of familiar stories. Sections of the book explore themes of heroes growing old, the sex lives of super humans, the woes of sidekicks, and the business of publishing comics, among others.   "Human Torch" by Tony Barnstone examines the title hero's desires and despair: "So let him burn./ Let him be licked by tongues, go up a bonfire/ of limbs...Let it all burn,/ the savings, the car, his love for one who's far/ from loving back... "   Ten years in the making "Drawn to Marvel" debuts in Seattle on March 1, 2014, when contributors will read selected works from the book.    The reading at Raygun Lounge is open to adults 21 and older, and cosplay is welcomed. Admission is free, and copies of the book will be available for sale.    Minor Arcana Press is a local nonprofit publishing house whose mission statement of "empower[ing] overlooked and outsider authors and artists through publication, publicity, and community."