News of the Universe: Poems of Twofold Consciousness

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Acclaimed poet and translator Robert Bly here assembles a unique cross-cultural anthology that illuminates the idea of a larger-than-human consciousness operating in the universe. The book’s 150 poems come from around the world and many eras: from the ecstatic Sufi poet Rumi to contemporary voices like Kenneth Rexroth, Denise Levertov, Charles Simic, and Mary Oliver. Brilliant introductory essays trace our shifting attitudes toward the natural world, from the “old position” of dominating or denigrating nature, to...

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Acclaimed poet and translator Robert Bly here assembles a unique cross-cultural anthology that illuminates the idea of a larger-than-human consciousness operating in the universe. The book’s 150 poems come from around the world and many eras: from the ecstatic Sufi poet Rumi to contemporary voices like Kenneth Rexroth, Denise Levertov, Charles Simic, and Mary Oliver. Brilliant introductory essays trace our shifting attitudes toward the natural world, from the “old position” of dominating or denigrating nature, to the growing sympathy expressed by the Romantics and American poets like Whitman and Dickinson. Bly’s translations of Neruda, Rilke, and others, along with superb examples of non-Western verse such as Eskimo and Zuni songs, complete this important, provocative anthology.

"This unusual, rewarding anthology celebrates those poets who have challenged the rationalistic tradition."--Publisher's Weekly

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  • ISBN-13: 9780871563682
  • Publisher: Sierra Club Books
  • Publication date: 8/29/1995
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.45 (h) x 0.77 (d)

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Robert Bly, poet and critic, is the author of many books, including the National Book Award-winning Light Around the Body, as well as the popular Iron John. He is also known for his translations of the poetry of Pablo Neruda, Gunnar Ekelof, Juan Ramón Jiménez, and Knut Hamsun, among others, and for his compelling, interpretive readings.
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