Talking Into the Ear of a Donkey

Talking Into the Ear of a Donkey

By Robert Bly

W. W. Norton & Company, Paperback, 9780393343649, 107pp.

Publication Date: November 5, 2012

In his richest and most varied collection of poems to date, Robert Bly mines lifelong fascination with poetic form. The poems in Talking into the Ear of a Donkey range from free verse to Bly's uniquely American version of the famous ghazal form. In the title poem, Bly addresses the donkey possibly poetry itself which has carried him through a writing life of more than six decades: from "Talking into the Ear of a Donkey" "What has happened to the spring," I cry, "and our legs that were so joyful In the bobblings of April?" "Oh, never mind About all that," the donkey Says. "Just take hold of my mane, so you Can lift your lips closer to my hairy ears.

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.