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Reaching Out to the World

Reaching Out to the World

Reaching Out to the World: New and Selected Prose Poems

by Robert Bly

This volume, for the first time, collects all of Bly's prose poems he has chosen to include in a significant volume arranged by him. The collection includes over 100 prose poems, written over a period of five decades, includes the bulk of the landsmark out of print volumes: The Morning Glory Poems, This Body is Made of Camphor and Gopherwood, and What Have I Ever Lost by Dying along with uncollected poems, and new material. Robert Bly has been one of the leading writers of the prose poem since the reemergence of the form in the 1960s.

About the Author

Robert Bly is an award-winning poet, translator and editor. He started the influential literary magazine for poetry translation in the United States called successively The Fifties and The Sixties and The Seventies, which introduced many essential poets to the writers of his generation. Among the many world poets Bly has translated are Pablo Neruda, Rainer Marie Rilke, Tomas TranstrJömer, and Rolf Jacobsen. His most recent translations include The Lightning Should Have Fallen on Ghalib: Selected Poems of Ghalib (with Sunil Dutta), The Half-Finished Heaven: Best Poems of Tomas TranstrJömer, and Angels Knocking on the Tavern Door (with Leonard Lewisohn). His most recent books of poems are The Night Abraham Called to the Stars, My Sentence Was a Thousand Years of Joy, and Talking into the Ear of a Donkey (forthcoming from W. W. Norton). His selected prose poems, Reaching Out to the World, appeared from White Pine Press in 2009.

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Release DateApril 2009




Dimensions6.1 x 0.4 x 9.1 inches



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