Sunday, 3 August 2008

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Wolfram Von Eschenbach 'Parsival', Penguin Classics, 1980

Daniel Deardorff ‘The Other Within: The Genius of Deformity in Myth, Culture, and Psyche’ White Cloud Press, 2004,

Chretien De Troyes 'Arthurian Romances', Penguin Classics, 1991

Erich Neumann 'The Origins and History of Consciousness', Bollingen Series, 1954

Keith Thomas ‘Religion and the Decline of Magic’ Penguin University 1971,

Homer 'The Odyssey' Penguin Classics 1946

'The Mabinogion', Charlotte Guest translation, Dover Thift Publications, 1906

Marie-Louise von Franz 'The Feminine in Fairy Tales', Shambhala, (this iss) 2001.

Hafez 'The Angels Knocking on the Tavern Door', Trans Robert Bly and Leonard Lewisohn, Harper Collins 2008

W.B. Yeats 'Yeat's Poems', Edit. A. Norman Jeffares, Papermac,1989

Joseph Campbell 'The Way of the Animal Powers/Seeded Earth Vols, Harper and Row, 1980

Thomas R.Smith 'Keeping the Star', New Rivers Press, 1988 (visionary, rock'n'roll and edgy -poetry needed as much in 2008 as 88.)

Marion Woodman and Elinor Dickson 'Dancing in the Flames: The Dark Goddess in the Transformation of Consciouness' Shambahla, 1996

Robert Moore 'Facing the Dragon: Confronting Personal and Spiritual Grandiosity' Chiron Publications, 2003

Mahdi, Foster and Little 'Betwixt and Between: Patterns of Masculine and Feminine Initiation', Open Court, 1987 (anything with Steven Foster and Meredith Little is worth reading)

Lewis Hyde 'Trickster Makes This World: Mischief, Myth and Art' Farrar, Straus, and Giroux 1996

Robert Bly 'My Sentence Was a Thousand Years of Joy' Harper Collins 2005

Clarissa Pinkola Estes 'Women who Run with the Wolves' Rider 1992

Paul Tillich 'The Courage To Be' Yale University Press 1952

Giles Deleauze and Felix Guattari 'A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia' University of Minnesota Press 1987

Ted Hughes 'The Hawk in the Rain' Faber 1957,

Marie Heaney ‘Over Nine Waves: A Book of Irish Legends’ Faber and Faber 1994,

Gary Snyder ‘The Real Work: Interviews and Talks, 1964-1979,

Gary Snyder 'Back on the Fire: Essays' Shoemaker Hoard 2007,

Pablo Neruda and Cesar Vallejo ‘Selected Poems’ trans. Robert Bly, John Knoepfle, and James Wright, Beacon Press 1971,

Sean Kane ‘Wisdom of the Mythtellers’ Broadview Press 1994,

Robert Graves ‘The White Goddess’ Farrar, Straus and Giroux 1966

Jay Leeming ‘Dynamite on a China Plate’ Backwaters Press 2006,

Fredrico de Laguna and Dale DeArmond ‘Tales From the Dena: Indian Stories From the Tanana, Koyukuk, and Yukon Rivers’ University of Washington Press 1995,

Timothy Young ‘Building in Deeper Water’ Ally Press 2003,

Michael Taussig ‘Shamanism, Colonialism, and The Wild Man’ University of Chicago Press 1987,

Robert Bly ‘Talking All Morning’ University of Michegan Press 1980, (essential reading)

Robert Bly ‘American Poetry: Wildness and Domesticity’ Harper Perennial 1990,
Jeremiah Curtin ‘Myths and Folk-lore of Ireland’ Weathervane Books 1889,

Steven Foster 'We Who Have Gone Before: Memory and an Old Wilderness Midwife' Lost Borders Press 2002

Steven Foster and Meredith Little'The Four Shields: The Initiatory Seasons of Human Nature' Lost Borders Press 1998

Jim Lenfestey ‘Han Shan Is The Cure For Warts’ Red Dragonfly Press 2006,

Fran Quinn ‘A Horse of Blue Ink’ Blue Sofa Press 2005,

Thomas R. Smith ‘The Dark Indigo Current’ Holy Cow Press 2000,

Joan Halifax ‘The Fruitful Darkness: Reconnecting with the Body of the Earth’ Harper San Francisco 1993,

Robin Williamson ‘The Wise and Foolish Tongue’ Chronicle Books 1989.

Tip of the iceberg, but plenty of leads. Look out especially for the poets Jay Leeming, Thomas R. Smith and Timothy Young amongst the above- all visiting teachers at the school. They represent a new opening of poets in the US with a great feel for the mythic that informs their work in subtle not overt strokes. Deardorff's 'The Other Within' is be reissued through Random House this Autumn with new introduction. Helluva read-he makes you work for your rapture thats for sure. I love these books, it makes me happy just to type their names out.


Francoise said...

I thought I'd post some writings here...

In Haldon Forest

Choosing sassy lioness movements;
Here there is enough support,
among the pollen-laden bees,
domed ant-castles and
kids' dens.

Sunlight blesses my eyes,
my skin.

Heather gleams disco-pink;
slender grass-stalks undo
my thinking
with slow silken nods.

This is the place where the wood
gives way to vistas,
and I give way to Other:

At last.


Monologue to a Lover

Hope lives here, in this little
recess, quite tender and shy,
her mouth is
sensuous and green.

I know there is a picture that
lives in me

Everything is created; even tho'
we don't know how,
I recommended you Remember!

Can it be both

Land here. Stay here!
I worry each moment that
you will go.

We have no idea how really fragile we are,
nor how already beautiful,
nor how wise.

Don't be afraid.

Dying makes each living moment

Just when I think I can't stand
any more confusion,
Ardhitecturally unsound images
insist on sprouting silver wings
from my finger tips.

I don't know how to any more,
but apparently YOU do!

Even without me?

I don't think so!

The pearl is in my open mouth.
slightly open...whatever.

Perhaps, above all, it takes
discipline...Love, that is...

Everywhere are surfers surfing sunshine!
Sometimes invisible, they people the unopened world nonethe

YOu have to anchor yourself to something,
tight rope walker.

I do have many tongues...
Yes, I know you get lost in them.

Do I apologise or laugh?

Did you build this cathedral here inside my mouth?


Francoise Elvin
e mail me, if you would like some more! Or post a comment here.

Paula Vaughan said...

Well wishes from across the pond - Martin, what a phenomenal book list you have created. I have never seen so many relevant and insightful books relating to mythic experience and poetic thinking compiled in one place. Never. You have tapped into something true and alive. Thank you.