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Silence in the Snowy Fields: Poems (Wesleyan Poetry Program)

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The poems of Robert Bly are rooted deep in the earth. Snow and sunshine, barns and cornfields and cars on the empty nighttime roads, abandoned Minnesota lakes and the mood of America now these are his materials. He sees and talks clearly: he uses no rhetoric nor mannered striving for effect, but instead the simple statement that in nine lines can embody a mood, reveal a pr ...more
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Published April 1st 1962 by Wesleyan (first published January 1st 1962)
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May 09, 2016 Bill Kerwin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry

The mid '70's. The party after the poetry reading was now in full swing, and Robert Bly, the evening's featured poet, was sitting bolt upright on my friend Bob's couch, still draped in his red and orange serape. As he discoursed on some aspect of American myth, gesturing dramatically as he spoke, his expressive arms--in the light of the table lamps--glided like a hawk's wings at sunset. Just then, my friend Michael, arriving home from the bars--considerably the worse for wear, and oblivious to t
Jul 29, 2016 Bert rated it it was amazing
Beautiful, spare poems about cornfields, snow, driving at night, napping. Bly was from Minnesota, and his writing is so simple and very profoundly everyday, like one of of them is about posting a letter at night, another about old boards. The poems have titles like Surprised By Evening, September Night With An Old Horse, and my favourite, After Drinking All Night With A Friend, We Go Out In A Boat At Dawn To See Who Can Write The Best Poem.
Aug 17, 2007 Nils rated it it was amazing
Reading Dickey just made me revisit one of my favorite collections, Silence in the Snowy Fields. Bly is not one of my all-time favorite writers, but Silence in the Snowy Fields is exceptional for a first book (I think it's his first). The resounding stillness in this book makes you want to build a fire and dare winter to bring its worst.
Jul 09, 2010 Ian rated it really liked it
This collection is a much better starting place for reading Bly. The collection is filled with Midwest landscapes alongside surreal imagery. The common theme in Bly’s work centers around a speaker coming to a sudden and awestruck communion with the world around him, often that of the natural.
Aug 28, 2013 Andre rated it liked it
Worth the read for just "Watering the Horse" and "At the Funeral of Great Aunt Mary."
Dec 24, 2016 Tanvika rated it it was amazing
Warm December morning
Sipping the sunshine
Coolness meddling at times
Veins gushing silently
Feet shaking on the firm mother
Bly's music of life
Entirety revealed
In this moment
May 22, 2012 Alison rated it liked it
Evocative yet spare poetry, that maybe demands a cold winter's reading, which I didn't have. I enjoyed these poems generally but didn't love them, with the exception of "Remembering in Oslo the Old Picture of the Magna Carta" which was terrific. I made the mistake though of reading Bly's biography after reading the first few poems (I picked this collection up solely because of a mention in a previous poetry book of Bly's poetry style comparing favourably to a style developed by Basho), and was r ...more
Jul 07, 2016 Serena rated it did not like it
I know this author is a famous poet, but I can't understand why. Yes, this seems to be the epitome of concrete imagery. The problem is that there's almost nothing else there. He repeats words unnecessarily, making it sound badly or lazily written. I respect those who find something in his work, but I simply can't.
May 10, 2016 James rated it it was amazing
Shelves: verse
On a Saturday afternoon in the football season,
I lie in a bed near the lake,
And dream of moles with golden wings.
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Robert Bly is an American poet, author, activist and leader of the Mythopoetic Men's Movement.
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“With Pale Women in Maryland

With pale women in Maryland,
Passing the proud and tragic pastures,
And stupefied with love
And the stupendous burdens of the foreign trees,
As all before us lived, dazed
With overabundant love in the reach of the Chesapeake,
Past the tobacco warehouse, through our dark lives
Like those before, we move to the death we love
With pale women in Maryland.”
“The human face shines as it speaks of things
Near itself, thoughts full of dreams.
The human face shines like a dark sky
As it speaks of those things that oppress the living”
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