Robert Bly: The Morning Glory

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  • William V. Davis (Baylor University )

Robert Bly's The Morning Glory (1975) is a collection of forty-four prose poems. Fourteen of these are poems new to this edition, while the others were originally published in two earlier chapbooks, The Morning Glory (1970) and Point Reyes Poems (1974). Morning Glory therefore anticipates Bly's later collection of prose poems, This Body Is Made of Camphor and Gopherwood (1977), and his collected prose poems, What Have I Ever Lost by Dying (1992). (For a statement of Bly's theory and practice of the prose poem, see the entry on This Body Is Made of Camphor and Gopherwood.)

The first poem in Morning Glory ends with the phrase “where we will be reborn, ecstatic and black.�…

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Davis, William V.. "The Morning Glory". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 06 November 2001
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