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Recommendation: The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart  


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02/12/2018 2:43 pm  

The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart: A Poetry Anthology by Robert BlyJames HillmanMichael Meade.

I cannot truly begin to describe the range of poetry and poets in this collection.  The section introductions -- mostly by Bly, I think -- make the book worth the price.  Not to mention its resource value when stuck for a spark to write from.

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Brian Geiger | Editor of Vita Brevis Poetry Magazine
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02/12/2018 3:28 pm  

I haven't heard of this one, Charley! It sounds fascinating. Thanks for sharing this -- I've added it to my growing "to-read" list!

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02/12/2018 4:55 pm  

I don't know if I'd classify it as a "read."  It's more of a... of a... well, a rag and bone shop!  You dig in here, dig in there, and watch your paradigms shift exponentially!

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12/12/2018 7:42 pm  

I am familiar with this one! I second this recommendation.


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I’m studying to become a psychotherapist, but in my free time, I’m an avid reader, researcher, and writer. Besides managing Vita Brevis, I’m working on a new magazine called Mental Life, which merges philosophy and psychology into personal-development articles.