News of the Universe: Poems of Twofold Consciousness by Robert Bly

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By Robert Bly

Acclaimed poet and translator Robert Bly the following assembles a different cross-cultural anthology that illuminates the belief of a larger-than-human cognizance working within the universe. The book's a hundred and fifty poems come from world wide and plenty of eras: from the ecstatic Sufi poet Rumi to modern voices like Kenneth Rexroth, Denise Levertov, Charles Simic, and Mary Oliver. fabulous introductory essays hint our moving attitudes towards the flora and fauna, from the “old position" of dominating or denigrating nature, to the becoming sympathy expressed through the Romantics and American poets like Whitman and Dickinson. Bly's translations of Neruda, Rilke, and others, besides excellent examples of non-Western verse similar to Eskimo and Zuni songs, entire this crucial, provocative anthology.

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Due to its current rarity, should be identified with great care. Male is very dark chestnut with blue or blue-gray bill with white subterminal band and reddish iris. Female paler with bold pattern of white stripes and patches. Note large white speculum in flight. Co, E, Br, Ch [ROSY-BILLED POCHARD Netta peposaca] 53–57 cm (21–23 in) Very rare vagrant; photographed in lowlands of Madre de Dios. In flight note broad white stripe on wing (more extensive than in Southern Pochard). Adult male, with bright red bill (including enlarged knob at base of bill) and overall dark body with contrasting pale flanks and vent, is unmistakable (cf.

All species on plate are large tinamous of humid forest interior. 1 BLACK TINAMOU Tinamus osgoodi * 40–46 cm (153⁄4 –18 in) Poorly known. Rare to locally fairly common in humid montane forest, 900–1650 m, on east slope of southern Andes. Large, very dark; note restricted distribution. Gray Tinamou is larger and paler with white freckling on sides of head and throat; elevation range of Gray also does not extend as high. VOICE Song, generally crepuscular, a descending deep whistle, similar to first note of song of White-throated Tinamou.

Superficially similar to ducks but have much finer bills and appear nearly tail-less. 1 TITICACA GREBE Rollandia microptera 40 cm (153⁄4 in) Large flightless grebe, restricted to Titicaca Basin, 3600–3900 m; formerly fairly common, but populations have declined significantly in recent years, in part because they often become tangled and drown in fishing nets. Note large size, large yellowish bill, rufous wash on neck and breast, and contrast between dark crown and white throat. Bo 2 WHITE-TUFTED GREBE Rollandia rolland * 26 cm (101⁄4 in) Fairly common and widespread both in coastal marshes and on Andean lakes and marshes, above 3200 m.

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