In Leaping Poetry, Robert Bly opens the book by discussing how in ancient times poets moved from one world to another, “riding on dragons, as the Chinese said.”
He places this flight between worlds in the contest of a “leap.” As he puts it: “That leap can be described as a leap from the conscious to the unconscious and back again, a leap from the known part of the mind to the unknown part and back to the known.”
The book was originally published in 1972 by his Seventies Press. And I still have a copy! His poetic philosophy became foundational for me.
Along with the cometary, he offers a number of examples of poetry that “leaps.” Among the poets: Garcia Lorca, Cesar Vallejo, Gunnar Ekelof, and Hart Crane.
The new reprinted book is available from the University of Pittsburg Press. I think any poet who reads it will find their artistic horizon widened and refreshed.