News of the Universe: Poems of Twofold Consciousness

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University of California Press, 1995 - 305 pages
Acclaimed poet and translator Robert Bly, known most recently for gatherings in which he guides men to greater self-knowledge, has created a unique multicultural collection of 150 poems that demonstrate the union of spirit between the poet and the natural world. Their "twofold" nature celebrates inner and outer consciousness, the participation of the object in the poetic vision.
In this splendid anthology, Bly introduces the poems with extensive commentary to show society's changing attitudes toward nature - a movement away from anthropocentric assumptions fostered by Descartes, the church, imperial ambitions, and the rise of technology. Those beliefs held that human thought was the only sentient force in the universe and resulted in the subjugation of the natural world to the designs of the human intellect.
Starting with the works of Pope, Swift, Milton, and others representing the "old position," the volume proceeds to the poetry of Blake, Hölderlin, Rilke, Goethe, Keats, and on to the enlightened sensibilities of Rexroth, Levertov, Berry, and, among many others, Bly himself. Bly's translations of Goethe, Rilke, Neruda, Lorca, Jiménez, Nerval, and others provide cross-cultural examples.
The news this poetry brings is good news - of consciousness operating outside our own, all around us, and universally available to receptive spirits.
 

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A wondrous anthology of poems of the soul. Reading this is like opening to the universe and feeling it move through you. Reading it out loud may actually change the universe... I loved this book ... Read full review

Contents

PREFACE TO THE NEW EDITION
1
THE THREE KINGDOMS OF NATURE Gotthold Lessing
18
GOLDEN LINES Gérard de Nerval translated by Robert Bly
38
WHEN GEOMETRIC DIAGRAMS Novalis
42
APHORISMS from Pollen and Fragments Novalis
48
THE BADGER John Clare
55
NUTTING William Wordsworth
61
THE INVISIBLE KING Goethe translated by Robert Bly
67
THE CALL Jules Supervielle translated by Geoffrey Gardner
155
THE EXPERIMENT THAT FAILED John Logan
161
BEASTS Richard Wilbur
167
NOVEMBER DAY AT MCCLUREs Robert Bly
173
KADDISH David Ignatow
179
THE OYSTER Francis Ponge translated by Robert Bly
216
H Lawrence
225
THE SEA WIND Harry Martinson
232

THE HOLY LONGING Goethe translated by Robert Bly
70
THE MOST OF IT Robert Frost
85
WHALES WEEP NOT D H Lawrence
98
THE LAMB WAS BLEATING SOFTLY Juan Ramón
106
ENIGMAS Pablo Neruda translated by Robert Bly
113
THE KINGS OF THE WORLD Rainer Maria Rilke
119
JOURNEYS Gary Snyder 144
128
THE SIGNATURE OF ALL THINGS Kenneth Rexroth
133
WAXWINGS Robert Francis
139
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AN EMBROIDERY 1 Denise Levertov
148
THE DEAD SEAL NEAR MCCLURES BEACH Robert Bly
238
ARCHAIC TORSO OF APOLLO Rainer Maria Rilke
245
THE GREAT SEA Eskimo woman shaman
257
OFFERING Zuni adapted by Robert Bly from
261
THE FALCON Anonymous England perhaps
267
FISH Shinkichi Takahashi translated by Lucien Stryk
273
A MEDITATION ON A POEM BY GOETHE
280
A MEDITATION ON A POEM BY YEATS
286
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
295
INDEX
301
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About the author (1995)

Robert Bly lives on a farm in his native state of Minnesota. He edited The Seventies magazine, which he founded as The Fifties and in the next decade called The Sixties. In 1966, with David Ray, he organized American Writers Against the Vietnam War. The Light Around the Body, which won the National Book Award in 1968, was strongly critical of the war in Vietnam and of American foreign policy. Since publication of Iron John: A Book About Men (1990), a response to the women's movement, Bly has been immensely popular, appearing on talk shows and advising men to retrieve their primitive masculinity through wildness. Bly is also a translator of Scandinavian literature, such as Twenty Poems of Tomas Transtromer. Through the Sixties Press and the Seventies Press, he introduced little-known European and South American poets to American readers. His magazines have been the center of a poetic movement involving the poets Donald Hall, Louis Simpson, and James Wright.

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