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The Soul Is Here For Its Own

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Robert Bly's new anthology celebrates the timeless role of the divine in literature, expressed by his choice of poetry from a wide range of religious traditions, historical periods, and literary movements. The poems in this collection confirm the enduring beauty and efficacy of the written word in its function as the medium for humanity's eternal debate with and for the sp ...more
Hardcover, 268 pages
Published October 21st 1995 by Ecco
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Apr 20, 2009 Sandy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Beautiful book, arranged like the spiritual journey: At first, you feel the call, have a big experience, make a commitment, then forget it all, do your thing in the world until you get in trouble, then commit to spirit again, forget it, go back to the world, mess up, back to spirit, etc. Until you finally really commit. Takes the reader through poetry demonstrating a deeper and deeper commitment to and knowledge of the sacred. Many traditions. Great intro
Jun 17, 2009 Stanley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who needs to figure it all out
Recommended to Stanley by: Coleman Barks, really he did.
This is not a book you can ever say you "Read" as if you actually finished it and then put it on the shelf. This book is a bible, a companion, a map to the soul, to life and all the Universe. You will carry it with you around the house, keep it on your desk, in your bathroom, in your backpack - wherever it is you may need quick access to enlightened poetry and guidance. If you are up, this book will provide confirmation. If you are down, this book will give you answers and reasons to keep search ...more
Margaret Brown
Jan 09, 2008 Margaret Brown rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bly is perhaps the greatest translator of poetry in our time. He also has an amazing eye. Here he links poets like Emily Dickinson with Rumi and Machado. Spiritual truths connect in the most amazing places.
Joseph Mccaleb
I returned to this collection, having probably read most of it about 20 years ago when it was published. Robert Bly magnificently collects, organizes, translates a few of the amazing poems, and provides his incisive comments for each of the ten sections. The flow perhaps reached its peak for me in this reading in the final section in the middle of a poem by Attar (version by Coleman Barks), titled “The Newborn” with these lines: “Let loving lead your soul./Make it a place to retire to,/ a kind o ...more
May 25, 2008 Gineen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
what a beautful book- found women sufi mystic poets i'd never heard of !
very deep soul drink here...
Amy Paget
Jun 13, 2015 Amy Paget rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Soul is Here for its Own Joy is a great collection edited by Robert Bly. Subtitled "Sacred poems from Many Cultures" it provided superb reflection opportunities at a recent "Quiet Day" that I attended. It lends itself to 'straight through' reading. There's minimal information on the various poets...only copyright permissions at the back of the book. Hear the power in this first stanza In "The Scattered Congregation" by Tomas Transtromer:

'We got ready and showed our home.
The visitor thought:
Nov 05, 2014 Robyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book which is almost beyond description, it is so good. Robert bly's translations of Rumi are amazing. To hear the words of Rumi, from all those years ago and to be transported by his words is an experience that is with me each day. His words speak directly to the heart. I have read others of rumi's poems and also Kabir and Hafez, but these are truly awe-inspiring.
Patti K
Oct 22, 2015 Patti K rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A 1995 anthology edited by Robert Bly is a thoughtful and nourishing
book. It includes a rich variety of poets showcasing their relationships
with the spiritual element of lives. Rumi and Kabir as well as Rilke,
Machado, Hafez and Hopkins are featured.Many ecstatic poems and queries
into the deeper concerns of consciousness from around the world. Very good.
Oct 05, 2010 Darice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the organization of the poems into the stages of spiritual journey, beginning with the difficulties of starting the path, going into struggles with greed, including love personal and divine. Also, the large collections of two poets, Rumi and Hafiz, explored the details of a spiritual structure that was altogether not inhibiting but rather inclusive. However, it got a little dry and felt a little safe, but altogether good for a solid, unbiased foundation of spiritual poetry.
Ivan Granger
Jun 02, 2012 Ivan Granger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Another good, wide-ranging selection of sacred poetry gathered by Robert Bly. From Hafiz to Freidrich Holderlin, Mirabai to Mirza Ghalib, Rumi to Rilke. A very good book to pick up, open to a random page, and then disappear…
Karen deVries
Jan 10, 2012 Karen deVries rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have kept this book of poems near my bed for the last several years. They've helped light my path on some of the darkest days. They're not all "hits" for me, but the majority of them come close.
Glen Gersmehl
May 21, 2016 Glen Gersmehl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
one of the best, most readable, most inspiring anthologies of poetry in print
Nov 08, 2008 Steven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, poetry
A gift from my wife Kendel on our 28th anniversary.
Jun 27, 2008 Ben rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The title alone wins it a good rating.
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Robert Bly is an American poet, author, activist and leader of the Mythopoetic Men's Movement.
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