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Eating the Honey of Words: New and Selected Poems [Paperback]

Robert Bly
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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (May 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060930691
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060930691
  • Product Dimensions: 20.5 x 13.6 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paperback. Pub the Date: May. 2000 Pages: 288 in Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers A illiant Collection the Spanning Half A Century. The From One Of America's Most Prominent And Powerful PoetsRobert Bly has had many roles in his illustrious withcareer. Of He is a the chronicler and mentor is of young poets. was a leader of the antiwar movement. founded the men's movement. and wrote the bestselling book Iron John. which ought the men's movement to the attention of the world. Throughout these activities. Bly has continued to deepen his own poetry. a vigorous voice in a period of more academic wordsmiths. Here he presents his favorite poems of the last decades-timeless classics from Silence in the Snowy Fields. The Man in the Black Coat Turns. and Loving a Woman in Two Worlds. A complete section of marelous new poems rounds out this collection. which offers a chance to reread...

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hundreds of knots of wild energy ... 11 Aug 1999
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In my opinion, Bly will be remembered first and foremost as a poet, long after his Vietnam protests and even men's movement activities are forgotten. He has probably inspired more young poets than any other American poet in the second half of this century, or perhaps the entire century.This book is an oasis of bold and vivid, yet refreshingly open and readable, poetry in a desert of bland workshop poetry and oblique, obscure academic poetry. The mystical and spiritual dimensions of Bly's work will frighten some, as will his use of highly-charged, "leaping" imagery, but those readers who prize the open flow of psychic energy over irony and detachment will find this book a startling departure from much of what is published these days. If there is any flaw with this book, it is the absence of the short essays such as were included in his previous Selected Poems. Bly's commentary is almost as good as his poems, and such commentary would have been welcome here. There is such a range of material here, that interested readers might do well to also seek out the above-mentioned volume, as well as various critical overviews of Bly's work.If you aren't familiar with Bly's work, this is a good place to start; if you are, you will find the new poems and the revised versions of older poems well worth the price of purchase.In other words, I liked this book ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bly Shares His Genius with Us Once Again 4 May 1999
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Format:Hardcover
Poet Robert Bly has once again graced us with his words, beautiful poems from his heart to ours. How can one read these and not be touched by his humanity, romance and wonder. A wonderful, wise book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hundreds of knots of wild energy ... 11 Aug 1999
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In my opinion, Bly will be remembered first and foremost as a poet, long after his Vietnam protests and even men's movement activities are forgotten. He has probably inspired more young poets than any other American poet in the second half of this century, or perhaps the entire century.This book is an oasis of bold and vivid, yet refreshingly open and readable, poetry in a desert of bland workshop poetry and oblique, obscure academic poetry. The mystical and spiritual dimensions of Bly's work will frighten some, as will his use of highly-charged, "leaping" imagery, but those readers who prize the open flow of psychic energy over irony and detachment will find this book a startling departure from much of what is published these days. If there is any flaw with this book, it is the absence of the short essays such as were included in his previous Selected Poems. Bly's commentary is almost as good as his poems, and such commentary would have been welcome here. There is such a range of material here, that interested readers might do well to also seek out the above-mentioned volume, as well as various critical overviews of Bly's work.If you aren't familiar with Bly's work, this is a good place to start; if you are, you will find the new poems and the revised versions of older poems well worth the price of purchase.In other words, I liked this book ...
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great overview of Bly's poetry 5 Oct 2000
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Bly may be better known among many as founder and leader of the so-called men's movement, but he is first and foremost a great poet. This is an excellent retrospective of his work over the years - work that remains quite consistent in style and quality across the decades. I was especially moved by the poems that dealt with the death of his father, and the long poem about Vietnam. The latter was written at the height of that war, and really brought back the sense of intense anger and emotion that gripped the country in those days. This book is highly recommended both for lovers of poetry and those who aren't sure whether they are or not - something for everyone here.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bly Shares His Genius with Us Once Again 4 May 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Poet Robert Bly has once again graced us with his words, beautiful poems from his heart to ours. How can one read these and not be touched by his humanity, romance and wonder. A wonderful, wise book!
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great works from a master poet 11 Jan 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Being a follower of Robert Bly's work maybe I am a bit biased but this is a great collection of old and new poems. He has reached a pinnacle only to make you realize it's just his beginning.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars robrt bly, honey of words 29 Aug 2009
By J. Collins - Published on Amazon.com
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I like Bly,,,, in reality this may not be his best book, but he has no bad ones.
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