Morning Poems

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"Morning Poems is a sensational collection — Robert Bly's best in many years. Inspired by the example of William Stafford, Bly decided to embark on the project of writing a daily poem: Every morning he would stay in bed until he had completed the day's work. These 'little adventures/In Morning longing,' as he calls them, address classic poetic subjects (childhood, the seasons, death and heaven) in a way that capitalizes fully on the pun in the book's title. These are morning poems, full of the delight and mystery...
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Overview

"Morning Poems is a sensational collection — Robert Bly's best in many years. Inspired by the example of William Stafford, Bly decided to embark on the project of writing a daily poem: Every morning he would stay in bed until he had completed the day's work. These 'little adventures/In Morning longing,' as he calls them, address classic poetic subjects (childhood, the seasons, death and heaven) in a way that capitalizes fully on the pun in the book's title. These are morning poems, full of the delight and mystery of waking in a new day, and they also do their share of mourning, elegizing the deceases and capturing the 'moment of sorror before creation.' Some of the poems are dialogues where unconventional speakers include mice, maple trees, bundles of grain, the body, the 'oldest mind' and the soul. A particularly moving sequence involves Bly's imaginative transactions with a great and unlikely precursor, Wallace Stevens. The whole is a fascinating and original book from one of our most fascinating authors."
— David Lehman
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Editorial Reviews

Galway Kinnell
There is a lot of human knowledge in this book, and at the same time it has the vigor of youth. How can that be?
Tromp
The Morning Poems are the best Robert Bly has written...This book offers much that is touching and wise, and these poems seem a culmination of a journey away from the cant of so many of Bly's early poems, a journey towards humility, simplicity and ease, culminating here in verse of unusual grace and humanity.
Times Literary Supplement
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060928735
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Series: Harper Perennial
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 935,770
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.29 (d)

Meet 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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Morning Poems

Early Morning in Your Room

It's morning. The brown scoops of coffee, the wasplike
Coffee grinder, the neighbors still asleep.
The gray light as you pour gleaming water—
It seems you've travelled years to get here.

Finally you deserve a house. If not deserve
It, have it; no one can get you out. Misery
Had its way, poverty, no money at least;
Or maybe it was confusion. But that's over.

Now you have a room. Those light-hearted books:
The Anatomy of Melancholy, Kafka's Letter
To His Father,
are all here. You can dance
with only one leg, and see the snowflake falling

With only one eye. Even the blind man
Can see. That's what they say. If you had
A sad childhood, so what? When Robert Burton
Said he was melancholy, he meant he was home.

Morning Poems. Copyright © by Robert Bly. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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Table of Contents

Early Morning in Your Room 3
The Shocks We Put Our Pitchforks Into 4
Why We Don't Die 5
Hawthorne and the Elephant 6
The Old Woman Frying Perch 7
Conversation with the Soul 8
He Wanted to Live His Life Over 9
The Glimpse of Something in the Oven 10
Bad People 11
Things to Think 12
Two Ways to Write Poems 13
The Barn at Elabuga 14
The Russian 15
Some Men Find It Hard to Finish Sentences 19
Visiting the Eighty-Five-Year-Old Poet 20
All These Stories 22
The Resemblance Between Your Life and a Dog 23
Reading in a Boat 24
Waking on the Farm 25
When Threshing Time Ends 26
A Family Photograph, Sunday Morning, 1940 27
A Farm in Western Minnesota 28
For a Childhood Friend, Marie 29
What the Animals Paid 30
The Bear and the Man 31
When My Dead Father Called 32
The Green Cookstove 35
The Playful Deeds of the Wind 36
It Is So Easy to Give In 37
Wanting More Applause at a Conference 38
Making Smoke 39
Thinking About Old Jobs 40
Conversation with a Monster 41
The Black Figure Below the Boat 42
The Man Who Didn't Know What Was His 43
The Mouse 44
The Storm 45
The Yellow Dot 46
It's As If Someone Else Is with Me 49
A Week of Poems at Bennington 57
The Dog's Ears 59
When the Cat Stole the Milk 60
Being Happy All Night 61
The Widowed Friend 62
We Only Say That 63
Wounding Others 64
What the Buttocks Think 65
What Bill Stafford Was Like 66
A Poem Is Some Remembering 67
Wallace Stevens and Mozart 68
Rethinking Wallace Stevens 69
Tasting Heaven 70
Wallace Stevens in the Fourth Grade 71
The Waltz 72
The Neurons Who Watch Birds 75
A Question the Bundle Had 76
Seeing the Eclipse in Maine 77
Clothespins 78
The Face in the Toyota 79
The Scandal 80
Looking at the Stars 81
After a Friend's Death 82
The Parcel 83
My Doubts on Going to Visit a New Friend 84
One Source of Bad Information 85
Thoughts 86
The Grandparent and the Granddaughter 87
The Ocean Rising and Falling 88
Ocean Rain and Music 89
Looking at Aging Faces 93
November 95
Three-Day Fall Rain 96
Winter Afternoon by the Lake 97
Isaac Bashevis and Pasternak 98
People Like Us 99
A Christmas Poem 100
Reading Silence in the Snowy Fields 102
Words the Dreamer Spoke to My Father in Maine 103
Visiting Sand Island 104
A Poem for Giambattista Vico Written by the Pacific 105
For Ruth 108
A Conversation with a Mouse 109
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2003

    bly rocks

    Bly rules!

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    Posted January 21, 2001

    Short, Sweet, Wonderful

    Robert Bly at his best

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