Acclaimed poet and translator Robert Bly has assembled a unique cross-cultural anthology from many eras and cultures that illuminates the idea of a larger-than-human consciousness operating in the universe. The book’s 150 poems come from around the world and many eras: from the ecstatic Sufi poet Rumi to contemporary voices like Kenneth Rexroth.
From “Golden Lines,” Gerard De Nerval, 1854, translated by Robert Bly.
Free thinker! Do you think you are the only thinker
on this earth in which life blazes inside all things?
Your liberty does what it wishes with the powers it controls,
but when you gather to plan, the universe is not there.
Look carefully in an animal at a spirit alive;
every flower is a soul opening out into nature;
a mystery touching love is a sleep inside metal.
“Everything is intelligent!” And everything moves you.
News of the Universe, poems of twofold consciousness, chosen and introduced by Robert Bly, Counterpoint (reprint), 2015.