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Stealing Sugar from the Castle: Selected and New Poems, 1950--2013: Selected Poems, 1950-2011 Kindle Edition

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*Starred Review* Bly’s first comprehensive selection of his work since Eating the Honey of Words (1999) makes the impact of a fresh, new book, even if it repeats much of the same contents. This is not just a matter of the inclusion of more than a decade’s worth of newer poetry, most of it in Bly’s adaptation of the Persian-Indian ghazal, a form in which he plainly revels. Rather, it is that this selection indelibly presents Bly as the great successor to Whitman and Pound, with neither the smarmy bonhomie of the former nor the captiousness of the latter. In the ease and appropriateness of his biblical, legendary, and ancient-historical allusions, Bly contains as much as either of his predecessors, and he gives voice to it more comprehensively. He speaks as “Robert,” to be sure, but also in the voice of humanity. His labor and delight, early and late, is now clearly shown to be the demonstration that all human and nonhuman lives, contexts, and relations are linked by metaphor, that odd mode of understanding by psychological projection and sensory imagination. Like the deathbed edition of Leaves of Grass, this collection is a monument, not to self but to us. --Ray Olson

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Here is the essential Robert Bly, ‘a man in love with the setting stars,’ a dark transcendentalist, a troublemaker, a mourner who keeps seeing the walls splashed with blood, a singer of boundless mysteries, imagination’s keeper, a witness to joy. He has been lighting up American poetry for more than sixty years. (Edward Hirsch)

[T]his selection indelibly presents Bly as the great successor to Whitman and Pound, with neither the smarmy bonhomie of the former or the captiousness of the latter…. His labor and delight, early and late, is now clearly shown to be the demonstration that all human and nonhuman lives, contexts, and relations are linked by metaphor, that odd mode of understanding by psychological projection and sensory imagination. Like the deathbed edition of Leaves of Grass, this collection is a monument, not to self but to us. (Booklist, Starred Review)

Playful, strange and simultaneously startling… Bly’s poetry prizes the imagination for its irrationality, which can take us to beautiful and unexpected places. (Elizabeth Hoover - Star Tribune)

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  • File Size: 413 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (September 16, 2013)
  • Publication Date: September 9, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CEIH2ZW
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By RokJok on April 6, 2014
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Bly has such such a massive body of work as a writer, translator, and editor that collecting all of it can be daunting. "Stealing Sugar From The Castle" offers a relatively concise and well-chosen collection of his highly imaginative poetry spanning his long career. As either an introductory volume to his poetry or a pack-along book to satisfy a mobile jones for poetry that demands the reader remain flexible and open to virtually limitless leaps of imaginative virtuosity, this is the book to get. If you get only one book of Bly's poetry, this is the one I recommend you buy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Felton on December 18, 2013
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Great book by an amazing poet, Bly's last collection is truly a treasure and definitely worth the price, strongly recommended by this fellow warrior poet...
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It's my bedtime story book.......beautiful, meaningful way to go to sleep and wake for a new day with an alert mind to all the worlds.
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By tove on August 22, 2014
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I love this collection! Very good selection, and gives an overview of his poetry. Loved the latest poems too.
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By deb on November 22, 2014
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Love the book. Been waiting for it to come out. SOOOOOOOO glad I could find it on Amazon.
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