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Encyclopedia > Robert Bly

Robert Bly (born December 23, 1926 in Madison, Minnesota) is a poet, author, and leader of the Mythopoetic Men's Movement in the United States. December 23 is the 357th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (358th in leap years). ... 1926 (MCMXXVI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... Madison is a city located in Lac qui Parle County, Minnesota. ... Poet is a term applied to a person who composes poetry, including extended forms such as dramatic verse. ... The mens movement, like most social movements, comprises a number of streams, intersecting in a variety of ways, sometimes opposing each other. ...

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Life

Bly was born in western Minnesota in 1926 to parents of Norwegian stock. He enlisted in the Navy in 1944 and spent two years there. After one year at St. Olaf College in Minnesota, he transferred to Harvard University and joined the famous group of writers who were undergraduates at that time, which included Donald Hall, Adrienne Rich, Kenneth Koch, John Ashbery, Harold Brodkey, George Plimpton, and John Hawkes. He graduated in 1950 and spent the next few years in New York living, as they say, hand to mouth. Official language(s) None Capital Saint Paul Largest city Minneapolis Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 12th 225,365 km² 400 km 645 km 8. ... The multinational Combined Task Force One Five Zero (CTF-150) A rare occurrence of a 5-country multinational fleet, during Operation Enduring Freedom in the Oman Sea. ... St. ... Harvard University is a private university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA and a member of the Ivy League. ... Donald Hall (born September 20, 1928) is an American poet. ... Adrienne Rich (born May 16, 1929 in Baltimore, Maryland) is an American feminist, poet, teacher, and writer. ... Kenneth Koch (27 February 1925 - 6 July 2002) was an American poet, playwright, and professor, active from the 1950s until his death at age 77. ... John Ashbery (born July 8, 1927) is an American poet. ... Harold Brodkey (October 25, 1930 – January 26, 1996) was an American author. ... George Ames Plimpton (March 18, 1927 – September 25, 2003) was an American journalist, writer and actor. ... John Hawkes (born John Clendennin Talbot Burne Hawkes, Jr. ...


Beginning in 1954, he took two years at the University of Iowa at the Writers Workshop along with W. D. Snodgrass, Donald Justice, and others. In 1956 he received a Fulbright Grant to travel to Norway and translate Norwegian poetry into English. While there he found not only his relatives but the work of a number of major poets whose force was not present in the United States, among them Pablo Neruda, Cesar Vallejo, Gunnar Ekelof, Georg Trakl, and Harry Martinson. He determined then to start a literary magazine for poetry translation in the United States and so begin The Fifties and The Sixties and The Seventies, which introduced many of these poets to the writers of his generation, and published as well essays on American poets and insults to those deserving. During this time he lived on a farm in Minnesota with his wife and children. W. D. Snodgrass is an USA American poet and 1960 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry winner. ... Donald Justice (born in Miami, Florida, August 12, 1925 - died in Iowa City, Iowa, August 6, 2004) was an American poet and teacher of writing. ... Pablo Neruda as a Presidential candidate in 1970 Pablo Neruda (July 12, 1904 – September 23, 1973) was the pen name of the Chilean writer Ricardo Eliecer Neftalí Reyes Basoalto. ... C sar Vallejo (March 16, 1892 - April 15, 1938) published only three books of poetry but is nonetheless considered one of the great poetic innovators of the 20th century. ... Gunnar Ekelöf (Stockholm, September 15, 1907 - Sigtuna, March 16, 1968) was a Swedish poet and writer. ... Georg Trakl Georg Trakl (February 3, 1887 - November 3, 1914), pre-eminent Austrian poet. ... Harry Martinson (May 6, 1904 - February 11, 1978) is a Swedish author and poet from Blechingia. ...


Career

In 1966 Bly co-founded American Writers Against the Vietnam War and led much of the opposition among writers to that war. When he won the National Book Award for The Light Around the Body, he contributed the prize money to the Resistance. During the 70s he published eleven books of poetry, essays, and translations, celebrating the power of myth, Indian ecstatic poetry, meditation, and storytelling. During the 80s he published Loving a Woman in Two Worlds, The Wingéd Life: Selected Poems and Prose of Thoreau,The Man in the Black Coat Turns, and A Little Book on the Human Shadow. The National Book Awards is the most important literary prize in the United States, presented annually for the best books by living U.S. citizens published in the U.S. The awards have been presented since 1950 in at least one category, and is presently awarded in each of four...


Among his most famous works is Iron John: A Book About Men (1990 ISBN 0201517205), an international bestseller which has been translated into many languages. The book is credited with starting the Mythopoetic Men's Movement in the United States. Bly frequently does workshops for men with James Hillman and others, and workshops for men and women with [[Marion Woodman], and has taught at the annual Great Mother Conference since 1975. He maintains a friendly correspondence with Clarissa Pinkola Estés author of Women Who Run With the Wolves. (ISBN 0345377443) Iron John: A Book About Men (ISBN 0201517205) is a book by American Poet Robert Bly published in 1990. ... This article is about the year. ... James Hillman is a highly original American Jungian psychology writer and founder of Archetypal Psychology. ... Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Ph. ...


Bly was the University of Minnesota Library's 2002 Distinguished Writer. He received The McKnight Foundation's Distinquished Artist Award in 2000. He has published more than 40 collections of poetry, edited many others, and published translations of poetry and prose from such languages as Swedish, Norwegian, German, Spanish, Persian and Urdu. His book, The Night Abraham Called to the Stars was nominated for a Minnesota Book Award. He also edited the prestigious Best American Poetry 1999 (Scribners). UMN redirects here. ... For the Cusco album, see 2002 (album). ... Persian (known variously as: فارسی Fârsi, local name in Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan, پارسی Pârsi, older, local name still used by some speakers, Tajik, a Central Asian dialect, or Dari, another local name in Tajikistan and Afghanistan) is a language spoken in Iran, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Bahrain, Iraq, Azerbaijan, Armenia... Urdu () is an Indo-European language of the Indo-Aryan family that developed under Persian, Turkish, and Arabic influence in South Asia during the Delhi Sultanate and Mughal Empire (1200-1800). ...


Bibliography

Poetry

  • My Sentence Was a Thousand Years of Joy (HarperCollins, 2005)
  • The Night Abraham Called to the Stars (HarperCollins, 2001)
  • Eating the Honey of Words: New and Selected Poems (1999)
  • Snowbanks North of the House (1999)
  • Morning Poems (1997)
  • Meditations on the Insatiable Soul (1994)
  • What Have I Ever Lost by Dying?: Collected Prose Poems (1992)
  • Loving a Woman in Two Worlds (1985)
  • Selected Poems (1986)
  • Mirabai Versions (1984)
  • The Man in the Black Coat Turns (1981)
  • This Tree Will Be Here for a Thousand Years (1979)
  • This Body is Made of Camphor and Gopherwood (1977)
  • Old Man Rubbing His Eyes (1974)
  • Jumping Out of Bed (1973)
  • Sleepers Joining Hands (1973)
  • The Light Around the Body (1967)- won National Book Award
  • Silence in the Snowy Fields (1962)

Anthologies The National Book Awards is the most important literary prize in the United States, presented annually for the best books by living U.S. citizens published in the U.S. The awards have been presented since 1950 in at least one category, and is presently awarded in each of four...

  • The Best American Poetry (1999)
  • The Soul Is Here for Its Own Joy: Sacred Poems from Many Cultures (Ecco Press, 1995)
  • The Darkness Around Us Is Deep: Selected Poems of William Stafford (1993)
  • Leaping Poetry (1975)
  • The Rag and Bon Shop of the Heart: Poems for Men (1992)
  • News of the Universe (1980)
  • A Poetry Reading Against the Vietnam War (1967).

Translations

  • Lorca and Jiminez: Selected Poems (Beacon Press, 1997)
  • Machado's Times Alone: Selected Poems (1983)
  • Eight Stages of Translation (1983)
  • The Kabir Book (1977)
  • Friends, You Drank Some Darkness: Three Swedish Poets---Martinson, Ekeloef, and Transtromer (1975)
  • Neruda and Vallejo: Selected Poems (1971)

Nonfiction

  • Remembering James Wright (2005)
  • The Sibling Society (Addison-Wesley, 1996)
  • The Spirit Boy and the Insatiable Soul (1994)
  • American Poetry: Wildness and Domesticity (1991)
  • Iron John: A Book about Men (1990)
  • A Little Book on the Human Shadow (1988, with William Booth)
  • Talking All Morning: Collected Conversations and Interviews (1980).

See also

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Bly's landmark "versions" (he worked from literal translations) of the 15th century Sufi poet Kabir are some of the most lively spiritual poems in contemporary American literature.
Bly's translations of Neruda were some of the first in English worthy of the originals.
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