101 Ways to Make Every Second Count goes beyond the usual time-management books to bring you a broad range of strategies and tactics for more success with less stress...for getting more done in less time. You'll learn how to maximize your time by setting priorities, creating useful schedules, and overcoming procrastination. Robert Ely describes how proper diet, exercise, and sleep-or lack thereof-affect our energy levels. And how using the latest technology allows us to manage information and to communicate more efficiently and effectively.
<p><i>THE BEST WAYS TO MAKE THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS WRITING!</i></p><p>Writers today are no longer just working on books and newspapers. Businesses, advertisers, and hundreds of other outlets are desperate for people who can craft effective messages and persuade people with their words. A strong writer can make $50 to $200 per hour, or even more. . . if you know where to find the work. </p><p>Robert Bly is a professional writer who makes more than $600,000 per year from his writing. Now, he's ready to share his secrets. <b>88 Money-Making Writing Jobs</b>presents the best outlets writers can find to turn their words into profit (including many that few people think to seek out). </p><ul><li>Along with an overview of each job, you'll discover:</li><li>A breakdown of what it typically pays</li><li>The nuts and bolts of what you'll write</li><li>What it takes to work in the field</li><li>How to get started</li><li>Resources for finding the work</li></ul><p>For anyone serious about a career as a writer, this guide offers the best information on how to make incredible money in ways that are fun, challenging, and make the most of your writing talents. </p>
Blog Schmog takes a look at the blogging phenomenon and its impact on politics, writing, marketing, public relations, publishing, journalism, and all other forms of communication. Written from a skeptic's point of view, Robert Bly holds blogging up to close scrutiny, giving practical, easy-to-use tips that can help you master blogging and its application. This book cuts through the hype surrounding blogging, enabling you to get a true and accurate picture of blogging's potential as well as its limitations. Inside you'll discover how the blogosphere operates along with real-world advice from blogging experts on how to write an effective, reader-oriented blog.
A collection of authentic, profound and beautiful poems.
As a child, when Robert Bly skinned his knee, his mother would always remind him to count his blessings because the injury could be worse. At the time, he found it irritating, but as an adult, he has realized the wisdom of her approach. Moreover, he has learned that in the overwhelming majority of cases, the sum of our blessings is greater than the sum of our problems. With that in mind, he offers Count Your Blessings, a fascinating mix of more than 100 often overlooked blessings-from the seemingly trivial to the highly significant. The brief entries-on subjects such as anesthesia, flowers, opposable thumbs, and Post-it Notes-are accompanied by a unique self-scoring system that allows the reader to see in mathematical terms that the blessings in our lives almost always outnumber the misfortunes. Readers will experience an increasing level of gratitude as they are reminded of the everyday items and experiences that make life more enjoyable and satisfying.
A Brilliant Collection Spanning Half A Century, From One Of America's Most Prominent And Powerful Poets Robert Bly has had many roles in his illustrious career. He is a chronicler and mentor of young poets, was a leader of the antiwar movement, founded the men's movement, and wrote the bestselling book Iron John, which brought the men's movement to the attention of the world. Throughout these activities, Bly has continued to deepen his own poetry, a vigorous voice in a period of more academic wordsmiths. Here he presents his favorite poems of the last decades-timeless classics from Silence in the Snowy Fields, The Man in the Black Coat Turns, and Loving a Woman in Two Worlds. A complete section of marelous new poems rounds out this collection, which offers a chance to reread, in a fresh setting, a lifetime of work dedicated to fresh perspectives. It is a brilliant collection that confirms Bly's role as one of America's preeminent poets writing today.
Robert Bly, a longtime friend and confidant of Transtromer's, as well as one of his first translators, has carefully chosen and translated the finest of Transtromer's poems to create this cherished and invaluable collection.
In this timeless and deeply learned classic, poet and translator Robert Bly offers nothing less than a new vision of what it means to be a man. Bly's vision is based on his ongoing work with men, as well as on reflections on his own life. He addresses the devastating effects of remote fathers and mourns the disappearance of male initiation rites in our culture. Finding rich meaning in ancient stories and legends, Bly uses the Grimm fairy tale "Iron John"--in which a mentor or "Wild Man" guides a young man through eight stages of male growth--to remind us of ways of knowing long forgotten, images of deep and vigorous masculinity centered in feeling and protective of the young. At once down-to-earth and elevated, combining the grandeur of myth with the practical and often painful lessons of our own histories, Iron John is an astonishing work that will continue to guide and inspire men--and women--for years to come.
This is a book demonstrating the need for men to learn how to honor the positive image of masculinity.
Originally published in 1976, with more than 75,000 copies in print, this collection of poems by fifteenth-century ecstatic poet Kabir is full of fun and full of thought. Columbia University professor of religion John Stratton Hawley has contributed an introduction that makes clear Kabir's immense importance to the contemporary reader and praises Bly's intuitive translations.By making every reader consider anew their religious thinking, the poems of Kabir seem as relevant today as when they were first written.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Juan Ramón Jiménez, along with Antonio Machado and Unamuno, formed the generation of '98 which ushered in a renaissance in Spanish poetry at the turn of the century. Their work inspired the next generation of Spanish poets including Lorca, Aleixandre, Alberti, and Guillen. Juan Ramon, as he was fondly known, was very supportive of younger writers, commenting on their work and publishing it in magazines he edited. Juan Ramón Jiménez was a poet of solitude and lightness. His poems were ecstatic moments of life which rise up like sparks from a campfire. Rather than relying on rhythm and technique, he emphasized how a poet should live, realizing that only in solitude do man's emotions finally become clear to him. In 1956 Jimenez received the Nobel Prize for Literature. In awarding the prize the Nobel Committee honored Jimenez "for your lyric poetry, which in the Spanish language, constitutes an exemplar of high spirituality and artistic purity" and said "by being an idealist dreamer, Jiménez represents ... the highest Spanish tradition and honoring him is also honoring Machado and Garcia Lorca ..." The joy of receiving the Nobel Prize was diminished by his intense grief over the illness of his wife, Zenobia, who died shortly after. Jiménez stopped writing, living himself only until 1958. Jiménez dedicated over fifty years of his life to poetry. Each poem had a life of its own, a bit of the Tao running through it. He seems to have gradually become aware of the natural force residing in all things: a tree, a woman, a moonlit mountain ... This collection brings together a selection of poems from all periods of his work and is rounded out with a generous selection from Juan Ramón Jiménez's widely-admired prose work Platero and I.
Successful marketing consultant Robert W. Bly cuts through the clutter of short-lived marketing techniques and trendy gimmicks and reveals the12 critical steps necessary to build a practical marketing plan that produces the results of an expensive consultant without the hefty costs. Entrepreneurs learn how to zero in on their marketing goals, choose the best marketing tactics, integrate timeless and up-and-coming techniques, create a success measuring system, and more. They also discover the pay off of big-picture thinking, focusing on what works not what's hot-ultimately, creating a long-term plan for marketing success. Addresses two to the most common queries among new business owners and entrepreneurs-How do I write a winning marketing plan? and Is there a sample marketing plan I can reference? Provides 12 steps for developing a marketing plan that an outside consultant would charge $5,000 to $10,000 to create Includes practical, utterly pragmatic, battle-tested marketing tactics proven to work in the real world Covers new marketing technologies and current trends
Mirabai is a literary and spiritual figure of legendary proportions. Born a princess in the region of Rajasthan in 1498, Mira (as she is more commonly known) eschewed the marriage her royal family had arranged for her, celebrating instead her right to independence and intense devotion to Krishna in both her life and poetry. In this collection, Robert Bly and Jane Hirshfield, two of America's best poets, have created lively English versions of Mirabai's poems, using fresh images and energetic rhythms to make them accessible to modern readers.
(from the back cover) This book collects the prose poems Robert Bly has been writing over the last seven or eight years. The prose poem, he believes, appears whenever a country's psyche and literature begin to move toward abstraction. An ancient tradition holds that those who long for what is beyond sight have to look more closely at what the eyes can see. In daydreams we lose the visible. So these poems pay their attention to the creatures or objects immediately around the poet, whether he is in Wyoming or on his own farm in Minnesota or near a dying seal on some Pacific rocks. The world is violated by greedy observation, but the aim of gentle observation is "to enter the forest without moving a blade of grass." There turns out to be, in moments at least, no break between the energy flowing inside a man or woman and the energy flowing through plants and creatures "out there." Bly lives near where he was born in western Minnesota. He works with a Minnesota writers' collective, edits the Seventies, and has recently published translations of contemporary Swedish poets and the fifteenth-century Hindi poet, Kabir.
"Morning Poemsis a sensational collection -- Robert Bly's best in many years. Inspired by the example of William Stafford, Bly decided to embark on the project of writing a daily poem: Every morning he would stay in bed until he had completed the day's work. These 'little adventures/In Morning longing,' as he calls them, address classic poetic subjects (childhood, the seasons, death and heaven) in a way that capitalizes fully on the pun in the book's title. These are morning poems, full of the delight and mystery of waking in a new day, and they also do their share of mourning, elegizing the deceases and capturing the 'moment of sorror before creation.' Some of the poems are dialogues where unconventional speakers include mice, maple trees, bundles of grain, the body, the 'oldest mind' and the soul. A particularly moving sequence involves Bly's imaginative transactions with a great and unlikely precursor, Wallace Stevens. The whole is a fascinating and original book from one of our most fascinating authors." -- David Lehman
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 astounding. In a period when much American poetry is retreating into prosaic recordings of daily events, these poems do the opposite. My Sentence Was a Thousand Years of Joy is Robert Bly's second book of ghazals. The poems have become more intricate and personal than they were in The Night Abraham Called to the Stars, and the leaps even more bold. This book includes the already famous poem against the Iraq War "Call and Answer": "Tell me why it is we don't lift our voices these days / And cry over what is happening. Have you noticed / The plans are made for Iraq and the ice cap is melting?" The poems are intimate and yet reach out toward the world: the paintings of Robert Motherwell, the intensity of flamenco singers, the sadness of the gnostics, the delight of high spirits and wit. Robert Bly is writing the best poems of his life, and this book reestablishes his position as one of the greatest poets of our era.
"Chilean Pablo Neruda is Latin America's greatest poet and one of the finest ever to have written in the Spanish language. The Peruvian poet, Cesar Vallejo, part Indian and born in a mining village, ranks not far below Neruda. Robert Bly is one of America's foremost poets, and a translator of uncommon brilliance. The combination makes for a priceless volume."--Long Beach Press Telegram.
Acclaimed poet and translator Robert Bly here assembles a unique cross-cultural anthology 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, Denise Levertov, Charles Simic, and Mary Oliver. Brilliant introductory essays trace our shifting attitudes toward the natural world, from the "old position" of dominating or denigrating nature, to the growing sympathy expressed by the Romantics and American poets like Whitman and Dickinson. Bly's translations of Neruda, Rilke, and others, along with superb examples of non-Western verse such as Eskimo and Zuni songs, complete this important, provocative anthology.
Robert Bly's new collection of poetry is made of forty-eight poems written in the intricate form called the ghazal, which is the central poetic form in Islam. The influence of Hafez and Rumi is clear, and yet the poems descend into the wealth of Western history, referring at times to Monet, Giordano Bruno,Emerson, St. Francis, Newton, and Chekhov, as well as to events in Bly's own life. The leaping between joy and "ruin" produces a poetry which makes him, as Kenneth Rexroth noted, "one of the leaders in a poetic revival which has returned American literature to the world community."
In this landmark translation and commentary the National Book Award-winning poet Robert Bly brings his prowess as translator and critic to bear on the work of one of the indisputably major poets of the century.
The poems of Robert Bly are rooted deep in the earth. Snow and sunshine, barns and cornfields and cars on the empty nighttime roads, abandoned Minnesota lakes and the mood of America now--these are his materials. He sees and talks clearly: he uses no rhetoric nor mannered striving for effect, but instead the simple statement that in nine lines can embody a mood, reveal a profound truth, illuminate in an important way the inward and hidden life. This is a poet of the modern world, thoroughly aware of the complexities of the moment but equally mindful of the great stream of life--all life--of which mankind is only a part.
"[Robert Bly] is . . . the most recent in a line of great American transcendentalist writers."--New York Times Selected from throughout Robert Bly's monumental body of work from 1950 through the present, Stealing Sugar from the Castle represents the culmination of an astonishing career in American letters. Bly has long been the voice of transcendentalism and meditative mysticism for his generation. Influenced by Emerson and Thoreau, inspired by spiritual traditions from Sufism to Gnosticism, his vision is "oracular" (Antioch Review). From the rich, earthy simplicity of Silence in the Snowy Fields (1962) to the wild yet intricately formal ghazals of My Sentence Was a Thousand Years of Joy (2005) and the striking richness and authority of Talking into the Ear of a Donkey (2011), Bly's poetry is spiritual yet worldly, celebrating the uncanny beauty of the everyday. "I am happy, / The moon rising above the turkey sheds. // The small world of the car / Plunges through the deep fields of the night," he writes in "Driving Toward the Lac Qui Parle River." Here is a poet moved by the mysteries of the world around him, speaking the language of images in a voice brilliant and bold.
By Nobel laureate Selma Lagerlöf and published in 1891, this novel is an example of the 1890s wave of Swedish Neo-romanticism. Using wolves, snow, supernatural elements and eccentric upper-class characters to project an exotic image of 1820s Värmland, the novel can be compared to magic realism.
Expert tips and 300 sample letters make business and personal correspondence a snap.When trying to close a sale, answer a complaint, or offer thanks, a well-crafted letter can make all the difference. Packed with practical advice and 300 easy-to-adapt sample letters, this all-purpose guide shows readers how to write letters that get results -at work and at home.Covering the nuts-and-bolts of letter writing as well as the secrets of high-impact prose, the book delivers proven recipes for attention-grabbing introductions, persuasive arguments, memorable phrases, and closing clinchers. Best of all, it offers guidance on business and personal letters for every circumstance, from job hunting, selling, fundraising, and asking favors to giving a reprimand, responding to criticism, expressing sympathy, and declining gracefully. It's the only reference anyone will ever need to write the perfect letter, whatever the occasion.
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