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  • Author:
    Robert Bly
  • ISBN:
    0871561999
  • ISBN13:
    978-0871561992
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    Random House, Inc.; First Paperback Edition edition (June 12, 1982)
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    305 pages
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The poems that Bly selected for this book make me feel less isolated from the Universe

The poems that Bly selected for this book make me feel less isolated from the Universe. Frequently, I find myself dipping into "News of the Universe" for inspiration (like a Protestant choosing a random verse from the Bible).

In News of the Universe, Robert Bly has assembled a uniquely cross-cultural anthology of poems that, taken together, illuminate his vision of human history over the past several centuries. The book’s 150 poems span the globe from the 1700s to the present day: from the ecstatic Sufi poet Rumi to contemporary voices like Kenneth Rexroth, Denise Levertov, Charles Simic, and Mary Oliver. The renowned American poet and translator collects 150 poems-from across the globe and many eras-that demonstrate our changing relationship with nature.

News of the Universe: Poems of Twofold Consciousness. In News of the Universe, Robert Bly has assembled a uniquely cross-cultural anthology of poems that, taken together, illuminate his vision of human history over the past several centuries. by Robert Bly, Rainer Maria Rilke, and Pablo Neruda. In brilliant introductory essays, Bly uses these poems to traces our shifting attitudes toward the natural world.

Their "twofold" nature celebrates inner and outer consciousness, the participation of the object in the poetic vision. 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

News of the Universe book.

News of the Universe book. Robert Bly's choices of poems is good, although fairly stacked toward the fellers - if you know these poets at all there is a good chance that you have already moved through the sort of ideas that Mr Bly presents regarding his constructed Old and New Positions - no one who reads Gary Snyder needs to be reminded that he's no Pope, or.

News of the Universe: Poems of Twofold Consciousness is a collection of poetry from around the world in 1995. In the introductory note Bly explains the book was requested by Sierra Club Books, and was to be poems relating to ecology. He begins the book with seven poems he calls "The Old Position", which are poems from the 18th century which "dismissed nature as defective because it lacks reason".

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The book's 150 poems come from around the world and many eras: from the ecstatic Sufi poet Rumi to contemporary voices like Kenneth Rexroth, Denise Levertov, Charles Simic, and Mary Oliver.

Robert Bly is the author of more than thirty books of poetry, including Stealing Sugar from the Castle: Selected Poems .

Robert Bly is the author of more than thirty books of poetry, including Stealing Sugar from the Castle: Selected Poems (W. W. Norton, 2013); Talking into the Ear of a Donkey: Poems (2011); Reaching Out to the World: New and Selected Prose Poems (White Pine Press, 2009); My Sentence Was a Thousand Years of Joy (2006).

Acclaimed poet and translator Robert Bly here assembles a unique cross-cultural anthology that illuminates the idea of a larger-than-human consciousness operating in the universe. The bookâ?s 150 poems come from around the world and many eras: from the ecstatic Sufi poet Rumi to contemporary voices like Kenneth Rexroth, Denise Levertov, Charles Simic, and Mary Oliver. Brilliant introductory essays trace our shifting attitudes toward the natural world, from the “old positionâ? of dominating or denigrating nature, to the growing sympathy expressed by the Romantics and American poets like Whitman and Dickinson. Blyâ?s translations of Neruda, Rilke, and others, along with superb examples of non-Western verse such as Eskimo and Zuni songs, complete this important, provocative anthology.

Adorardana
I read News of the Universe when it was first published, decades ago. It's one of my most trashed books. I refuse to replace it because every coffee spill, lipstick smear, tear stain, dirty fingerprint, dog ear, and highlighter mark contains something of my journey over those years. It's more than a book; it's a companion. Few books ever rise to that level of sentience, or importance. Most of the time, you read books. This book reads you. These poems look out of the pages at you, seeing into your soul. You cannot hide. Robert Bly is a genius at appreciating other people's poetry, which is a rare gift in a profession that often falls prey to the occupational hazard of narcissistic self-absorption. Moreover, News is more than just a book of poetry. Bly articulates an important thesis about how modern civilization disconnected from the world (Nature), lost its way, and has been seeking its way back ever since . . . mostly through its infinitesimally small cadre of mystics, poets and earth lovers. This is an important thesis, whose relevance has grown rather than diminished over the years. The book moves through literary history into the 20th century, spanning a variety of cultures and hundreds of years, giving us precious jems that convey the numinous quality of earthy existence. I have given copies of this book to people I believed were "ready" for it in general, or who were in a period of genuine self-reflection, or who were healing or in need of healing. It is a great stepping off point for the further exploration of the poets contained herein. Can you tell I love New of the Universe? It's my desert island book. You should buy your copy before it goes out of print again.
Hulore
This book is one of handful that restore the light and delight to the workings of the mind and the imagination. It my life and universe, this is a sacred text. It elegantly and deeply orchestrates what Bly later came to develop and express in the mythopoetic men's gatherings of the 80s and early 90s, events and practices that still have not been adequately understood or encountered except by a nexus of a few hundred men who remain largely in the social and media margins of our culture's discourse. This work possesses great beauty, depth and feeling, and it should never be permitted to go out of print.
Gaeuney
"The seat of the soul is where the inner world and the outer world meet. Where they overlap, it is in every point of the overlap."
"News of the Universe" was originally issued as a Sierra Club book and contains poems selected (and sometimes translated) by Robert Bly. The book is worth buying just for Bly's introduction and his analysis of 'Dover Beach'. Frequently, I find myself dipping into "News of the Universe" for inspiration (like a Protestant choosing a random verse from the Bible). I keep this book at work for the times when I feel really out of touch with the Natural World. Then I open up "News of the Universe" and find (for instance):
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In the heart of man/There sleeps a green worm/That has spun the heart about itself,/And that shall dream itself black wings/One day to break free into the beautiful black sky. - Galway Kinnell.
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The poems that Bly selected for this book make me feel less isolated from the Universe. The poems ring true. They refresh. Since that was Bly's stated intention when he collected the poems, you ought to try them yourself and see if they work for you.
There is also a sense of the presence of Death in them--what Bly defines by the Spanish word "Duende" in another one of his anthologies--so much so, that many of the poems in this book can be used as elegies.
Shistus
"The seat of the soul is where the inner world and the outer world meet. Where they overlap, it is in every point of the overlap."

"News of the Universe" was originally issued as a Sierra Club book and contains poems selected (and sometimes translated) by Robert Bly. The book is worth buying just for Bly's introduction and his analysis of 'Dover Beach'. Frequently, I find myself dipping into "News of the Universe" for inspiration (like a Protestant choosing a random verse from the Bible). I keep this book at work for the times when I feel really out of touch with the Natural World. Then I open up "News of the Universe" and find (for instance):

"In the heart of man/There sleeps a green worm/That has spun the heart about itself,/And that shall dream itself black wings/One day to break free into the beautiful black sky" - Galway Kinnell.

Somehow as I sit in this dry little cubicle, surrounded by gray cloth, plastic plug-ins, and Corporate slogans, the poems that Bly selected for this book make me feel less isolated from the true Universe. The poems ring True. They refresh. Since that was Bly's stated intention when he collected the poems, you ought to try them yourself and see if they work for you.