Synopses & Reviews
In his richest and most varied collection of poems to date, Robert Bly mines lifelong fascination with poetic form. The poems in range from free verse to Bly's uniquely American version of the famous ghazal form. In the title poem, Bly addresses the "donkey"--possibly poetry itself--which has carried him through a writing life of more than six decades: from "Talking into the Ear of a Donkey"
"The clear diction of makes accessible its transcendental themes, including the wisdom of the animal world and the spiritual connection between humankind and nature. . . . [Bly's] poems, while spiritual, celebrate the worldly delights: shining fish, giant moose and bird song." Minneapolis Star-Tribune
from "Talking into the Ear of a Donkey "What has happened to the spring," I cry, "and our legs that were so joyfu In the bobblings of April?" "Oh, never min About all that," the donke Says. "Just take hold of my mane, so yo Can lift your lips closer to my hairy ears."
"The kind of volume anyone should read for the exquisite pleasure of encountering poetry completely under its creator's tremendous control."--
“The kind of volume anyone should read for the exquisite pleasure of encountering poetry completely under its creator’s tremendous control.”—The Rumpus
About the Author
Robert Bly is the author of numerous books of poetry, including The Light Around the Body, winner of the National Book Award, and Talking into the Ear of the Donkey. He is also the author of many works of nonfiction, including Iron John: A Book About Men, which was an international bestseller and a pioneering work in the men's movement. His awards include the Poetry Society of America's Frost Medal for distinguished lifetime achievement in poetry. He lives in Minneapolis.