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Bly, Robert,

1926–, American writer, translator, editor, and publisher, b. Madison, Minn., grad. Harvard, 1950. His poems, personal and precisely observant, are informed by the American landscape; a number also reflect his fierce opposition to the Vietnam War. Among his volumes of poetry are The Light Around the Body (1967), Sleepers Joining Hands (1972), The Man in the Black Coat Turns (1981), and Loving a Woman in Two Worlds (1985). His Collected Poems were published in 2018. As head of the Sixties Press he printed unconventional poetry and translations from lesser-known foreign poets. Beginning in the 1980s Bly was active in the "men's movement," concerned with establishing a new idea of masculinity in contemporary society. In his best-selling nonfiction work Iron John (1990), Bly traces various passages from boyhood to manhood and urges men to explore their relations to their fathers and to discover their primitive masculinity. The Sibling Society (1996) and The Maiden King (1998, with M. Woodman) build on the social criticism of Iron John.


See studies by R. P. Sugg (1986) and W. V. Davis (1989).

Bly, Robert (Elwood)

(1926–  ) poet, writer; born in Madison, Minn. He studied at St. Olaf College, Minn. (1946–47), Harvard (B.A. 1950), University of Iowa (M.A. 1956), eventually settling in Moose Lake, Minn. He was a magazine founder and editor, and is known for translations as well as for his own poetry. His Iron John: A Book About Men (1990), a controversial work propounding his views on the need for modern men to rediscover their essential maleness, unexpectedly if temporarily turned Bly into a cross between a minstrel and a guru as he toured the land strumming his harp and explaining his ideas.
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I watched a PBS program about the poet Robert Bly He lived by Madison, Minnesota, two small towns away from where I grew up.
I heard of his work from my friend Robert Bly, who praised Dickey's poems and with his own press published a book collecting Jim's reviews of contemporary poetry.
Also, he seemed to internalize the cultural debate of his time about poetic form, which led him to his early and lifelong friendship with Robert Bly and friendships with many other poets, including Anne Sexton, Theodore Roethke, Gal-way Kinnell, Gibbons Ruark, Donald Hall, and others.
The highly misogynistic Men's Rights Movement should not be confused with Robert Bly's men's movement.
PhD in English aside, Will never quite shed his New York City cabbie hustle, and not long after his appointment, we were attracting and publishing many developing poets as well as such established ones as Robert Bly, Richard Wilbur, Linda Bishop, Carolyn Forche, and Robert Pinsky.
La Fontaine Art Centre will be screening Rumi-poet of the heart, an award-winning 60-minute film produced and directed by Haydn Reiss, featuring Coleman Barks, Robert Bly, Deepak Chopra, storyteller & mythologist Michael Meade and religious historian Huston Smith, on June 26, at its White Ramadan Tent.
His career includes a variety of collaborations with renowned international musicians, poets and dancers including John Densmore of the Doors, Branford Marsalis, Robert Bly, Deepack Chopra and Madonna.
Translated by Deben Bhattacharya, Robert Bly, Dilip Chitre, Ananda Coomaraswamy, et al.
Lawrence, David Whyte, Denise Levertov, Kahlil Gibran, Jane Hirshfield, Wendell Berry, Robert Bly, and others will kindle and nourish the flame of love, no matter your time of life.
Synopsis: In "Go Deep and Take Plenty of Root: A Prairie-Norwegian Father, Rebellion in Minneapolis, Basement Zen, Growing Up, Growing Tender", Erik Storlie explores his conflicted prairie-Norwegian roots, a sixties Beat scene in Minneapolis that inspired the early Bob Dylan, friendship with the poets James Wright and Robert Bly, and his almost fifty years of Zen meditation.
Joining Coleman to celebrate the earthy, joyous, spiritual passion of Rumi's poetry are Robert Bly, Deepak Chopra, Michael Meade, Huston Smith and others.
The 1982 work is Harbison's setting of poet Robert Bly's translations of several of the sacred songs of Mirabai, also known as Meera, a 16th century Indian poet and religious figure.