Robert Bly: Talking into the Ear of a Donkey

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  • William V. Davis (Baylor University )

Robert Bly is up to most of his old tricks in Talking into the Ear of a Donkey (2011). These new poems have his fingerprints all over their pages and the themes that surface or resurface here are largely old themes revisited, or subtly alluded to, or added to. As such, this book is, in essence, a kind of a ‘new selected poems’, following up on Bly’s more comprehensive and more inclusive Eating the Honey of Words: New and Selected Poems of 1999. Indeed, in revisiting and revising “The Donkey’s Ear”, the final poem in Eating the Honey of Words, to “Talking into the Ear of a Donkey”, his title poem here, Bly tightens and focuses the earlier poem by cutting five lines and e…

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Davis, William V.. "Talking into the Ear of a Donkey ". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 October 2011
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