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Eating the Honey of Words: New and Selected Poems Paperback – 1 May 2000

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (May 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060930691
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060930691
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.6 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 704,811 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Robert Bly's Eating the Honey of Words has a hearty, booming funk."-- "Wall Street Journal"[A] delightfully diverse collection."-- "New Age "Bly, like other giants of poetic activism . . . has not been content to merely live his times. He has actively challenged them, and his muse, far from abandoning him, has stood steadfastly . . . at his side."-- "Minneapolis Star Tribune"This volume is an appealing poetic sampler. . . The poems celebrating discoveries Bly makes when alone and silent are always striking, and his imaginative prose poems radiate witty delight."-- "Library Journal"It's impossible to move through this rich and varied collection without continual amazement at the many ways Bly has fulfilled his promise of faithfulness to spiritual and psychological depth in his poetry. In his half-century of abundance, Bly has proven one of our hardest-working poets, and the bundle of poems brilliantly assembled here constitute the vital core of his work."-- "Dragonsmoke

About the Author

Robert Bly's books of poetry include The Night Abraham Called to the Stars and My Sentence Was a Thousand Years of Joy. His awards include the National Book Award for poetry and two Guggenheims. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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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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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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HASH(0x96d789a8) 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
HASH(0x977d933c) 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.
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HASH(0x979064f8) out of 5 stars Bly Shares His Genius with Us Once Again 4 May 1999
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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!
HASH(0x97a17cc0) out of 5 stars Five Stars 13 April 2016
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Just a perfect book of poems, I am so thankful for this poet. BLY is magnificent!
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HASH(0x96d78ab0) out of 5 stars Great works from a master poet 11 Jan. 2000
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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.
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