Morning Poems

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  • Copyright: 2/11/2010
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publications

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Often personal and autobiographical, the poems in this collection include meditations on the art of poetry, on Robert Bly's boyhood on a Minnesota farm and on the myths and stories that shape our mutual world. It also includes a sequence of poems on Wallace Stevens and meditations on aging and facing death. Written with the discipline of a poem each day, the collection cements Bly's stature as an important modern poet.

Table of Contents

Early Morning in Your Roomp. 3
The Shocks We Put Our Pitchforks Intop. 4
Why We Don't Diep. 5
Hawthorne and the Elephantp. 6
The Old Woman Frying Perchp. 7
Conversation with the Soulp. 8
He Wanted to Live His Life Overp. 9
The Glimpse of Something in the Ovenp. 10
Bad Peoplep. 11
Things to Thinkp. 12
Two Ways to Write Poemsp. 13
The Barn at Elabugap. 14
The Russianp. 15
Some Men Find It Hard to Finish Sentencesp. 19
Visiting the Eighty-Five-Year-Old Poetp. 20
All These Storiesp. 22
The Resemblance Between Your Life and a Dogp. 23
Reading in a Boatp. 24
Waking on the Farmp. 25
When Threshing Time Endsp. 26
A Family Photograph, Sunday Morning, 1940p. 27
A Farm in Western Minnesotap. 28
For a Childhood Friend, Mariep. 29
What the Animals Paidp. 30
The Bear and the Manp. 31
When My Dead Father Calledp. 32
The Green Cookstovep. 35
The Playful Deeds of the Windp. 36
It Is So Easy to Give Inp. 37
Wanting More Applause at a Conferencep. 38
Making Smokep. 39
Thinking About Old Jobsp. 40
Conversation with a Monsterp. 41
The Black Figure Below the Boatp. 42
The Man Who Didn't Know What Was Hisp. 43
The Mousep. 44
The Stormp. 45
The Yellow Dotp. 46
It's As If Someone Else Is with Mep. 49
A Week of Poems at Benningtonp. 57
The Dog's Earsp. 59
When the Cat Stole the Milkp. 60
Being Happy All Nightp. 61
The Widowed Friendp. 62
We Only Say Thatp. 63
Wounding Othersp. 64
What the Buttocks Thinkp. 65
What Bill Stafford Was Likep. 66
A Poem Is Some Rememberingp. 67
Wallace Stevens and Mozartp. 68
Rethinking Wallace Stevensp. 69
Tasting Heavenp. 70
Wallace Stevens in the Fourth Gradep. 71
The Waltzp. 72
The Neurons Who Watch Birdsp. 75
A Question the Bundle Hadp. 76
Seeing the Eclipse in Mainep. 77
Clothespinsp. 78
The Face in the Toyotap. 79
The Scandalp. 80
Looking at the Starsp. 81
After a Friend's Deathp. 82
The Parcelp. 83
My Doubts on Going to Visit a New Friendp. 84
One Source of Bad Informationp. 85
Thoughtsp. 86
The Grandparent and the Granddaughterp. 87
The Ocean Rising and Fallingp. 88
Ocean Rain and Musicp. 89
Looking at Aging Facesp. 93
Novemberp. 95
Three-Day Fall Rainp. 96
Winter Afternoon by the Lakep. 97
Isaac Bashevis and Pasternakp. 98
People Like Usp. 99
A Christmas Poemp. 100
Reading Silence in the Snowy Fieldsp. 102
Words the Dreamer Spoke to My Father in Mainep. 103
Visiting Sand Islandp. 104
A Poem for Giambattista Vico Written by the Pacificp. 105
For Ruthp. 108
A Conversation with a Mousep. 109
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Morning Poems

Early Morning in Your Room

It's morning. The brown scoops of coffee, the wasplike
Coffee grinder, the neighbors still asleep.
The gray light as you pour gleaming water--
It seems you've travelled years to get here.

Finally you deserve a house. If not deserve
It, have it; no one can get you out. Misery
Had its way, poverty, no money at least;
Or maybe it was confusion. But that's over.

Now you have a room. Those light-hearted books:
The Anatomy of Melancholy, Kafka's Letter
To His Father,
are all here. You can dance
with only one leg, and see the snowflake falling

With only one eye. Even the blind man
Can see. That's what they say. If you had
A sad childhood, so what? When Robert Burton
Said he was melancholy, he meant he was home.

Morning Poems. Copyright © by Robert Bly. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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