Stealing Sugar From the Castle

Stealing Sugar From the Castle

Selected Poems, 1950 to 2013

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“[Robert Bly] is . . . the most recent in a line of great American transcendentalist writers.”—New York Times
Selected from throughout Robert Bly’s monumental body of work from 1950 through the present, Stealing Sugar from the Castle represents the culmination of an astonishing career in American letters.Bly has long been the voice of transcendentalism and meditative mysticism for his generation. Influenced by Emerson and Thoreau, inspired by spiritual traditions from Sufism to Gnosticism, his vision is “oracular” (Antioch Review). From the rich, earthy simplicity of Silence in the Snowy Fields (1962) to the wild yet intricately formal ghazals of My Sentence Was a Thousand Years of Joy (2005) and the striking richness and authority of Talking into the Ear of a Donkey (2011), Bly’s poetry is spiritual yet worldly, celebrating the uncanny beauty of the everyday. “I am happy, / The moon rising above the turkey sheds. // The small world of the car / Plunges through the deep fields of the night,” he writes in “Driving Toward the Lac Qui Parle River.” Here is a poet moved by the mysteries of the world around him, speaking the language of images in a voice brilliant and bold.

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From 1950 through the present, this collection of monumental work from the voice of transcendentalism and meditative mysticism for his generation celebrates the uncanny beauty of the everyday.

Publisher: New York :, W. W. Norton & Company,, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780393240078
Characteristics: 378 pages


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Jul 11, 2016

Decided to give Bly a try after learning he was good friends with William Stafford, one of my all time favorite poets. This compilation has many accessible poems and I particularly like the essays from the Point Reyes Poems section. My favorite poem of his, "It's As If Someone Else is With Me," is not printed here in its entirety.

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