Stealing Sugar from the Castle: Selected and New Poems, 1950-2013

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

Selected from throughout Robert Bly’s monumental body of work from 1950 through the present, Stealing Sugar from the Castle represents the culmination of an astonishing career in American letters.

Bly has long been the voice of transcendentalism and meditative mysticism for his generation. Influenced by Emerson and Thoreau, inspired by spiritual traditions from Sufism to Gnosticism, his vision is “oracular” (Antioch Review). From the rich, earthy simplicity of Silence in the Snowy Fields (1962) to the wild yet intricately formal ghazals of My Sentence Was a Thousand Years of Joy (2005) and the striking richness and authority of Talking into the Ear of a Donkey (2011), Bly’s poetry is spiritual yet worldly, celebrating the uncanny beauty of the everyday. “I am happy, / The moon rising above the turkey sheds. // The small world of the car / Plunges through the deep fields of the night,” he writes in “Driving Toward the Lac Qui Parle River.” Here is a poet moved by the mysteries of the world around him, speaking the language of images in a voice brilliant and bold.

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Robert Bly is the author of numerous poetry volumes, as well as works of nonfiction and translation. His honors include the Poetry Society of America’s Frost Medal and the National Book Award. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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*Starred Review* Bly’s first comprehensive selection of his work since Eating the Honey of Words (1999) makes the impact of a fresh, new book, even if it repeats much of the same contents. This is not just a matter of the inclusion of more than a decade’s worth of newer poetry, most of it in Bly’s adaptation of the Persian-Indian ghazal, a form in which he plainly revels. Rather, it is that this selection indelibly presents Bly as the great successor to Whitman and Pound, with neither the smarmy bonhomie of the former nor the captiousness of the latter. In the ease and appropriateness of his biblical, legendary, and ancient-historical allusions, Bly contains as much as either of his predecessors, and he gives voice to it more comprehensively. He speaks as “Robert,” to be sure, but also in the voice of humanity. His labor and delight, early and late, is now clearly shown to be the demonstration that all human and nonhuman lives, contexts, and relations are linked by metaphor, that odd mode of understanding by psychological projection and sensory imagination. Like the deathbed edition of Leaves of Grass, this collection is a monument, not to self but to us. --Ray Olson

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