Robert Bly (1926—2021) was the author of numerous poetry volumes, as well as works of nonfiction and translation. His honors include the Poetry Society of America’s Frost Medal and the National Book Award.
"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."
"[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*