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The Soul Is Here for Its Own Joy: Sacred Poems from Many Cultures.

Robert Bly.

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ISBN 10: 0880013559 / ISBN 13: 9780880013550
Published by Ecco Press October 1995, Hopewell, NJ, 1995
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First Ed; First Printing indicated. Very Good+ in Fine DJ: Book shows indications of careful use: shows shelving wear at the heel of the back strip; a tiny dot of soil at the tip edge; else flawless; binding square and secure; text clean. DJ flawless; price intact; mylar-protected. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. 268pp. Hardback with DJ. Rilke, Kabir, Rumi, Dickinson, Stevens, Machado. It's nice to have it combined in one book- a compact, travel edition, if you will. Plus there are poems from Mirabaithat have not been included in any of his books (although there's a small pocket book of her poems that's sadly out of print). There is a whole section entitled God in the Feminine, welcome and refreshing for men and I think very valuable for women seeking her spiritual path, surrounded as we are by masculine images of God. The book is divided into 10 sections, by theme. Some of the titles are Starting on the Path, Dying to this World, and The Spirit- Who is a Guest of the Soul- Will Never be at Home on this Earth. Preceding each section Bly gives a little introduction that sets the theme for each. I love his interpretation and gentle guiding. He opened my eyes years ago to reading poetry and looking at the images in a broader way. Bly has received some criticism for his translations, as actually some of his work involves taking the English of other translators and giving it more vernacular language. While I understand and appreciate precision, I would also rather read a Bly translation of, say, Rilke's 'The Panther'. I've seen the original and understand a little German, and to me Bly's ideas about keeping the emotional tenor alive make the poems so much more delightful to read, and histranslations lose little of the impact of the original. Bookseller Inventory # 40048

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Title: The Soul Is Here for Its Own Joy: Sacred ...

Publisher: Ecco Press October 1995, Hopewell, NJ

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: First Ed; First Printing indicated.

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With this new anthology of poetry, Bly touches upon the current controversy surrounding religion, spirituality, and how we can evoke the two meaningfully into our modern lives. Divided into 10 sections, each one exploring a different aspect of spiritual questioning, mythical symbolism, amd mystical faith which has resonated across cultures and throughout time.

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Robert Bly's books of poetry include The Night Abraham Called to the Stars and My Sentence Was a Thousand Years of Joy. His awards include the National Book Award for poetry and two Guggenheims. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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