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Aug. 13th, 2013

The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart: A Poetry AnthologyThe Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart: A Poetry Anthology by Robert Bly

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


An amazing anthology of poetry from a mix of traditions and cultures. A short list of included poets: Galway Kinnell, Rumi, Yeats, Bukowski, Lorca, Neruda, Rilke, Li Po, Dickinson, etc. With Robert Bly as one of the editors (along with a psychiatrist and a scholar of myth), the collection is very focused on men and male poets, though female poets are represented as well. It probably also includes too many of Bly's own poems. The collection is organized by subject matter around the different moods and themes men experience in their lives - dealing with mothers (Mother Nature, Mother Earth, and their own biological mothers), zaniness, wildness, "loving the world anyway"). While sometimes the organization seems a bit forced, there is so much great poetry gathered in this one place, it is difficult to quibble. Highly recommended.



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