Talking into the Ear of a Donkey: Poems

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"[Robert Bly] is . . . the most recent in a line of great American transcendentalist writers."―The New York Times

With poems ranging from the ghazal form to free verse, Talking into the Ear of a Donkey is Robert Bly's richest and most varied collection. In the title poem, Bly addresses the "donkey"―possibly poetry itself―that has carried him through a writing life of more than six decades.

from "Talking into the Ear of a Donkey"
      "What has happened to the spring,"
      I cry, "and our legs that were so joyful
      In the bobblings of April?" "Oh, never mind
      About all that," the donkey
      Says. "Just take hold of my mane, so you
      Can lift your lips closer to my hairy ears."

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Robert Bly is the author of numerous books of poetry, including The Light Around the Body, winner of the National Book Award, and Talking into the Ear of the Donkey. He is also the author of many works of nonfiction, including Iron John: A Book About Men, which was an international bestseller and a pioneering work in the men’s movement. His awards include the Poetry Society of America’s Frost Medal for distinguished lifetime achievement in poetry. He lives in Minneapolis.

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The clear diction of Talking into the Ear of a Donkey makes accessible its transcendental themes, including the wisdom of the animal world and the spiritual connection between humankind and nature. . . . [Bly’s] poems, while spiritual, celebrate the worldly delights: shining fish, giant moose and bird song. — Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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