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Morning Poems Paperback – January 23, 1998
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- Item Weight : 5.8 ounces
- Paperback : 128 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0060928735
- ISBN-13 : 978-0060928735
- Dimensions : 8.02 x 5.32 x 0.39 inches
- Publisher : Harper Perennial; 1st HarperFlamingo Ed edition (January 23, 1998)
- Language: : English
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There are two poems in this volume which talk about us being stolen by someone or something. While Robert Bly doesn't come out and say it, part of this book is about him being stolen by the mid-20th Century poet Wallace Stevens. I'm glad Robert Bly didn't hide his love.
So you may read this book and say "That was nice, but what was the point?" If you think there has to be a point, you will be disappointed by this volume. If you enjoy eating the honey of words, this will be a tasty midmorning helping.
Section IV, my favorite section, has eight poems in which Bly discusses his love of writing poetry and his joy of finding just the right word to use, "To nudge a poem along toward its beauty."
I wasn't really inspired by the other sections of Morning Poems. Many of the poems were too simplistic for my taste, such as the final poem in which he talks to a mouse about sleeping positions. Others relied too heavily on religious references such as "Making Smoke," which is basically a modern version of Jonah and the whale.
Still, there are enough beautiful lines in this collection that make it worth reading; "The joy of being alone, eating the honey of words."