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My Sentence Was a Thousand Years of Joy: Poems

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A fresh, new volume by one of the premier living American poets Readers have found Robert Bly's ghazals startling and new; they merge wildness with a beautiful formality. The ghazal form is well known in Islamic culture but is only now making its way into the literary culture of the West. Each stanza of three lines amounts to a finished poem. "God crouches at night over a single pistachio. / The vastness of the Wind River Range in Wyoming / Has no more grandeur than the waist of a child." The ghazal's compacted energy is ...

My Sentence Was a Thousand Years of Joy: Poems 2006, Harper Perennial

ISBN-13: 9780060757199

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My Sentence Was a Thousand Years of Joy: Poems 2005, HarperTorch, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9780060757182

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