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Body Blows; Poems New and Selected
by Robert Bagg

Poetry, Softcover, 118 pages
The University of Massachusetts Press, MA
© 1968      ISBN  0-87023-631-8


Unsigned copy:  $18 ea.

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These poems were written over a period of thirty-one years employing forms such as elegies, long narratives, lyrics, a sonnet sequence, and meditations on religious and philosophic themes.  His poetry has been praised for its power, grace and sensuality, as well as for its humor and sly, knowing irony.  He writes of such contemporary preoccupations as nuclear war, terrorism, suicide, madness and divorce, and on such classical themes as the death of friends, difficult or lost love, eroticism, time and memory - ancient topics that stir up primal longings and fears in us all.

Robert Bagg taught literature at U. Mass from 1965 until his retirement in 1996. He has received Prix de Rome and Guggenheim Fellowships, as well as NEA and NEH awards.
He is currently writing with his wife, Mary, a biography of Richard Wilbur.  He has translated seven Greek plays by Euripides and Sophocles. The Oedipus Plays of Sophocles (Massachusetts, 2004) was co-authored with his wife Mary Bagg. His translations have been staged in 60 productions worldwide. He has also published several books of poetry; the latest is Niké.
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Madonna of the Cello
by Robert Bagg

Poetry, Softcover, 90 pages
Wesleyan University Press, CT
© 1961

Unsigned copy:  $15 ea.

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"A number of shorter narratives that are most exciting…their combinations of exuberant wit, parody, literary high jinks on the one hand, with serious feeling on the other, are what give them their special promise."  (Walker Gibson, The Nation)

"Narrative so vivid that it stings."  (Babette Deutsch, New York Herald Tribune)

Robert Bagg taught literature at U. Mass from 1965 until his retirement in 1996. He has received Prix de Rome and Guggenheim Fellowships, as well as NEA and NEH awards.


He is currently writing with his wife, Mary, a biography of Richard Wilbur.  He has translated seven Greek plays by Euripides and Sophocles. The Oedipus Plays of Sophocles (Massachusetts, 2004) was co-authored with his wife Mary Bagg. His translations have been staged in 60 productions worldwide. He has also published several books of poetry; the latest is Niké.
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Niké; and Other Poems
by Robert Bagg

Poetry, Softcover, 68 pages
Azul Editions.com
© 2005   ISBN  1-885214-21-9


Unsigned copy:  $15 ea.

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Niké is a mixed Bagg containing what the poet calls "provoked poems" on such themes as the specter of bioterrorism, the wild cards our dream lives deal, the potential for catastrophe inherent in democracy, pleasures and dangers of teaching.  Several long poems narrate encounters Bagg had with fellow poets in his youth; others revisit some old haunts and passions - Rome, Maine, horses, and golf.

Robert Bagg taught literature at U. Mass from 1965 until his retirement in 1996. He has received Prix de Rome and Guggenheim Fellowships, as well as NEA and NEH awards.