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看星星--罗伯特.布莱

已有 175 次阅读2016-12-23 14:48 |个人分类:robert bly|系统分类:诗歌| already, 罗伯特, become, 父母亲, 牧羊人

我依旧想起牧羊人,他们看见
多少星星啊。我们欠上帝的爱应该归于
这些整夜不得不跟着的,或陪伴的羊。
人们不能让它们跑。午夜的时候

星星们已经成为非常成功的健谈者。
父母亲坐在她引以为荣的椅子上,被惩罚。
狗跟着猎人。每一次都有一个故事走到结局
在另一个故事开始之前有非常长的停顿。

我们之中身为父母的人,变得越来越老了,
漫长如今晚,因为我们的四个孩子和我们一起站着
盯着星星看。就是这儿,
八千年之后,我依然能记得。
I still think about the shepherds, how many stars
They saw. We owe our love of God to these sheep
That had to be followed, or companioned, all night.
One can’t just let them run. By midnight

The stars had already become huge talkers.
The Parent sits in her proud Chair, and is punished.
The Dog follows the Hunter. Each time a story ends
There is such a long pause before another begins.

Those of us who are parents, and getting older,
Long, as tonight, for our children to stand
With us, looking at the stars. Here it is,
Eight thousand years later, and I still remember.
It’s the birthday of American poet, anti-war activist, and translator Robert Bly (1926), whose earthy, spiritual poetry collections include The Light Around the Body (1968) and Eating the Honey of Words (1999). Bly is perhaps best known for his very popular nonfiction book Iron John: A Book About Men (1990), in which he argued that modern men needed to examine themselves through mythology. It spent 62 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list and made him a leader of the Men’s Movement.

Bly was born in Lac qui Parle County, Minnesota, an area dominated by Norwegian immigrants and farming.  For four years after college, Bly lived in a small cabin in northern Minnesota, writing poetry every day and making a living shooting partridge illegally. He said: “The fundamental world of poetry is an inward world. We approach it through solitude.”

In New York City in the 1960s, he worked as a file clerk, a typist, and a painter off and on, just enough to pay living expenses. The rest of the time he wrote poems 12 hours a day, 7 days a week. His first collection, Silence in the Snowy Fields, was published in 1962.

When asked, Bly admitted to watching perhaps one hour of television a week. He scoffed, “Television is the most disgusting form of not doing that we have. How can we have art if entertainment is everywhere?”

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