- Paperback: 97 pages
- Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (May 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060757191
- ISBN-13: 978-0060757199
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 0.6 x 20.3 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,386,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
My Sentence Was a Thousand Years of Joy: Poems Paperback – 1 May 2006
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"[Robert Bly] brings it all together-integrating erudition, moral concern, introspection and passion." -- John Calvin Rezmerski, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Readers who miss the direct, daring Bly of the '60s...may rejoice to find that he's back, in force."--Publishers Weekly
"[Robert Bly] brings it all together--integrating erudition, moral concern, introspection and passion."--John Calvin Rezmerski, Minneapolis Star Tribune
[Robert Bly] brings it all together integrating erudition, moral concern, introspection and passion. --John Calvin Rezmerski, Minneapolis Star Tribune"
Readers who miss the direct, daring Bly of the 60s...may rejoice to find that he s back, in force. --Publishers Weekly"
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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The poem "Call and Answer," written in opposition to the Iraq War, is the best-known poem in the book. Like the others it is filled with the mystical Islamic spirit of the ghazal, in which the poet is an unrequited lover, addressing an illicit or unattainable love. In "Call and Answer," Bly addresses the citizens of the United States who are "silent as sparrows in the little bushes" as the nation marches off to war. One of my personal favorites is "Hiding in a Drop of Water," like many a poem of mystical longing and an acknowledgement of approaching death.
Bly's strength as a poet, as in other collections such as the magnificent Light Around the Body, which won the National Book Award years ago, is not strictly musical but more in crafting startling images that resonate in the mind. Bly is a Midwestern guy, and we some of that in the flat, direct speech and images of wren's nests, water holes and runaway horses although we also get Samson, Plato, Cezanne, Brahms and Bach. Although he is best known for his Iron John book, and the men's awareness movement that resulted, Bly has always been a poet and this is affirmed again. At more than 80 years of age Bly feels the breath of approaching death on his neck in these poems, and that awareness gives the works great poignance and power.