The new Robert Bly book is nothing short of exceptional. Regular readers of this blog know I've had my issues with him over the years - it is hot and cold, no tepid Robert Bly for me. What I love by him I love and Talking Into the Ear of a Donkey has some of his finest work. Try this on for size:
Wanting Sumptuous Heavens
No one grumbles among the oyster clans,
And lobsters play their bone guitars all summer.
Only we, with our opposable thumbs, want
Heaven to be, and God to come, again.
There is no end to our grumbling; we want
Comfortable earth and sumptuous heaven.
But the heron standing on one leg in the bog
Drinks his dark rum all day, and is content.
The work here has a certain rhythm that seems to be influenced by the ghazal form he has been working in more and more in recent years. This time out the poetry seems less restricted in both subject and execution.
I hope to dip into this volume again for a future post, possibly as soon as next Friday. For now, with other obligations pressing this coming week, I'll keep it brief and leave it here.
This week's feature is a pair of poems by two like minded poets: John Martone and Dennis Maloney. They shared the same page of Lilliput Review, #167 back in March 2009. Here is a joyful reprise. Enjoy.
If you're kin to the pine
You'll love long,
Glisten in the rain,
Be lively in autumn,
And beautiful in snow.
the scrawny pine, too
translated by David G. Lanoue
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