More on Robert Bly
Robert Bly's Web site
"At this web site, readers will find information on every facet of Robert Bly's literary career, including bibliographies, reviews, and interviews, as well as new essays, poems, and translations, to increase their understanding and enjoyment of Bly's work."
Read Bly's Acceptance Speech of National Book Award,
"I am uneasy at a ceremony emphasizing our current high state of culture. Cultural prizes, traditionally, put writers to sleep, and even the public. But we don't want to be asleep any more."
On Poetry and Sorrows: a Short Conversation
with Robert Bly
By Brad Buchholz, AUSTIN AMERICAN STATESMAN, August 06, 2007
"Poet headed to Austin talks about Iraq war and the stupidity of watching TV 6-8 hours a day."
Leaping Into the Unknown: The Poetics of Robert Bly's Deep Image, by Kevin
"In an essay published in 1961, Robert Kelly coined the term "deep image" in reference to a new movement in American poetry. Ironically, the term grew in popularity despite the critical disapproval of it by the group's leading theorist and spokesperson, Robert Bly. Speaking with Ekbert Faas in 1974, Bly explains that the term deep image "suggests a geographical location in the psyche," rather than, as Bly prefers, a notion of the poetic image which involves psychic energy and movement."
More on Walt Whitman
Walt Whitman Archive
"The Walt Whitman Archive is an electronic research and teaching tool that sets out to make Whitman's vast work, for the first time, easily and conveniently accessible to scholars, students, and general readers."
Walt Whitman on Poets.org
Biography and links to Whitman's writings.
PBS: I Hear America Singing
Whitman is featured in this PBS documentary about the singing tradition in America.
More on Rainer Maria Rilke
Stephen Mitchell on Rainer Maria Rilke
Writer Stephen Mitchell has translated many of Rilke's writings. You can read his commentaries on LETTERS TO A YOUNG POET and his translations of some of Rilke's verse online.
Poets.org: Rainer Maria Rilke
Biography and links to Rilke's writings.
The LeftBank.org: Rainer Maria Rilke
An extensive collection of Rilke's writings.
LETTERS TO A YOUNG POET
The complete text of the book: "You ask whether your verses are any good. You ask me. You have asked others before this. You send them to magazines. You compare them with other poems, and you are upset when certain editors reject your work. Now (since you have said you want my advice) I beg you to stop doing that sort of thing. You are looking outside, and that is what you should most avoid right now. No one can advise or help you - no one. There is only one thing you should do. Go into yourself. Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depths of your heart; confess to yourself whether you would have to die if you were forbidden to write."
More on Rumi, Hafez and Kabir and Persian Poetry
The Rumi Network
"Rumi.net is based on the work of award-winning Rumi translator, author and
performer Shahram Shiva. Shiva has been translating the poetry of Rumi since 1988 and has been presenting Rumi concerts and workshops in the US ever since."
Read and Listen to poems by Rumi
Read poems by Persian poet Hafez
The Poetry of Indian poet Kabir
Islamic Foundation: Classic Islamic Poems
"There has long been a great tradition of spiritual poetry in the world of Islam. From the time of the Blessed Prophet Muhammad, when his companions used to recite poetry with his approval, until our present day, Muslims have sought to discover the truth of the maxim, 'In some poetry there is wisdom.'"
Nafas, in Middle-Eastern languages, is the word for "breath" and a metaphor for spirit or life.
Texas Nafas airs on Public Access Community Television (PACT, Time Warner Cable channel 16, every Saturday at 10:00 PM to 10:30 PM in Austin, Texas). In August 2007, Robert Bly and Coleman Barks read poems in a special program sponsored by Nafas.
Guest photo by Robin Holland.