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The Night Abraham Called to the Stars: Poems

Bly, Robert

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ISBN 10: 0060188812 / ISBN 13: 9780060188818
Published by HarperCollins, Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., 2001
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Title: The Night Abraham Called to the Stars: Poems

Publisher: HarperCollins, Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

Book Type: Book

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Accepting the powerful models that Islamic poetry, including the poetry of Rumi and Hãfez, provide, the National Book Award -- winning poet Robert Bly transmutes the ghazal from into a stunning series of poems.

In The Night Abraham Called to the Stars, Robert Bly offers Western readers the opportunity to experience the thrilling leaps that the ghazal form allows. In the ghazal, each stanza is an independent poem, so the writer is able to shift landscapes. One stanza may be biographical, the next may have a reference to myth, the next a meditation on conscience.

In these poems, the reader will find many references to our own cultural past, as in Sir Isaac Newton, Gustav Mahler, ZLord Tennyson, Francis Bacon, and Madame Bovary, figures who belong to our intellectual history. The poems bring something startling and new. Merging wildness and a beautiful formality, The Night Abraham Called to the Stars is Robert Bly's greates volume of poetry and ensures his reputation as one of the major poets of our era.

About the Author:

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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