Robert Bly

Idaho State Journal

Robert Bly visits Idaho State University

My first teaching job was at Idaho State University and I was lucky to be teaching there when Robert Bly came to read his poetry. The poet Duane Ackerson was in the Creative Writing Department and welcomed Robert Bly who had published the successful collection “Silence in the Snowy Fields” (1962). Bly questioned the work of famous poets like T.S. Eliot and Ezra Pound for their “intellectual” approach to poetry. He preferred an “inward” reflection by writers and admired poets like Pablo Neruda and Rainer Maria Rilke. In 1968, Robert Bly received a National Book Award for his book of poems, “The Light Around the Body.” He was also a vehement critic of the Vietnam War and donated money to the Draft Resistance Movement. He had a running feud with fellow writer James Dickey who wrote the disturbing novel, “Deliverance.”
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Robert Bly, county's poet neighbor, dies at 94

Minnesota poet, teacher and men's movement founder Robert Bly was a major figure in American literature for decades who drew adulation and controversy. Bly died Nov. 21. He was 94. Born in 1926, he grew up on a farm in southwest Minnesota near Madison. He had a cabin in Carlton...
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Anchorage Press

City Wilds: Remembering Robert Bly and reflecting upon the Wild Man

I can’t recall exactly when I first became aware of Robert Bly. It was sometime in the late 1980s, when I first heard rumblings about a new “men’s movement” in the United States and Bly’s role as one of its leaders. About that same time, a good friend and poet, Mike Burwell, shared some of Bly’s poems with me. Mike and I were part of a local “men’s group” that, among other things, was examining the nature of masculinity in late twentieth-century America.
Santa Cruz Sentinel

Letter | On Robert Bly and origins of the ‘men’s movement’

Stephen Kessler wrote Nov. 27 that Robert Bly started “the” men’s movement. As an anti-sexist men’s activist in the early ’80s, I challenged Bly when I read the Yoga Journal articles that presaged Iron John. Like me, he noticed a tendency for young males to become dispirited. He blamed mothers and feminists. I believed men were realizing that traditional templates for masculinity didn’t fit them. They were hungry for role models, allies, fresh ideas.
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Readers Write: Cameras in the courtroom, Rittenhouse trial, Robert Bly

One of the oldest legal maxims is not only must justice be done, but justice must be seen to be done. How is it, then, that four decades after other states have routinely had cameras in the court, Minnesota is still debating whether to broaden access? How is it that the panel studying the issue here contains only attorneys and judges? ("Panel looks at camera policies for courtrooms," Nov. 13.)
Santa Cruz Sentinel

Stephen Kessler | Robert Bly, poet, teacher, provocateur

By the time I met him, in 1967 when he visited Bard College for a reading, Robert Bly, at 40, was already a significant force in American poetry. His little magazine, The Fifties, then The Sixties, was probably the most provocative and polemical journal of its kind in the country, fearlessly and irreverently attacking various poets and poetic establishments while agitating for fresh imaginative energy from his Minnesota farm, a Midwestern complement to the Beat movement centered in San Francisco and the New York School and Black Mountain poets of the East. The Vietnam War had kicked Bly’s career into overdrive as an incendiary poet of political protest after an early start as a pastoral lyricist whose first book, “Silence in the Snowy Fields,” established him as a proponent of what he called the Deep Image.
Washington Post

Robert Bly, towering American poet, dies at 94

Robert Bly, a towering man of letters who distilled the passions of the antiwar movement into poetry, his verses hailed as literary touchstones of the Vietnam era, and whose later best-selling book “Iron John” awakened a movement of men in search of deeper masculinity, died Nov. 21 at his home in Minneapolis. He was 94.

Poet, Madison Native, Men’s Movement Founder Robert Bly Dies

Robert Bly, a Minnesota poet who wrote international bestsellers and founded the men’s movement, died Sunday at the age of 94. Bly was born in 1926 and grew up on a farm in Madison, Minnesota. He studied writing at Harvard University and earned an MFA at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop before returning to the family farm. He co-founded a literary magazine, The Fifties, with fellow poet William Duffy which espoused experimentation and originality and became essential reading for young poets.

Dan Rodricks: Robert Bly, Andrew Reiner and the long path to better men | COMMENTARY

We each take from the poet what we hear, and, when it came to Robert Bly, I heard a challenge to finally confront the profound grief I felt about my father and his death before we made peace. I won’t bother you with details, but trust me when I say that Bly, the poet and social critic who died last Sunday at 94, had the right words at the right time for me. And apparently for many others. I ...
NBC News

Robert Bly, prominent poet and author of ‘Iron John,’ dies at 95

Robert Bly, one of the most prominent American poets of the last half century and author of the best-selling men’s movement classic “Iron John,” has died. He was 95. Bly, an active poet, writer and editor for more than 50 years and a celebrated translator of the work of international poets, died Sunday at his home in Minneapolis after suffering from dementia for 14 years, his daughter, Mary Bly, said.
Minneapolis Star Tribune

'For now you are the standing one': So many of us owe a debt of gratitude to Robert Bly

As I write this, grief lies heavy on the literary community while word makes its way around that our beloved poet, teacher and friend Robert Bly has passed from this life. There's no gauging the depth of gratitude we owe to Robert for the great gifts with which he was so generous during his long career as poet, provocateur and mentor. Properly honoring him will be a task for each of us to take up in our own way for the foreseeable future.

Robert Bly obituary

In 1986 the New York Times review of Robert Bly’s Selected Poems was headlined “Minnesota Transcendentalist”. It was perceptive to note his link with the New England poets of the 19th century, which was strong, but within a few years it would look absolutely prescient. For although he was one of the outstanding poets of his generation, Bly, who has died aged 94, may be remembered, like the two most enduring of the original Transcendentalists, for facets of his work other than poetry.

Award-winning American poet Robert Bly dies aged 94

The poet Robert Bly, who counted the National Book Award and the Poetry Society of America’s Frost Medal among his many honours, has died. He was 94. The Star Tribune newspaper, in his native Minnesota, said Bly died on Sunday. His daughter, Mary Bly, told the Associated Press that he died after suffering from dementia for 14 years.
USA Today

Robert Bly, best-selling 'Iron John' author and poet, dies at 94

MINNEAPOLIS — Robert Bly, one of the most prominent American poets of the last half century and author of the best-selling men’s movement classic “Iron John,” has died. He was 94. Bly, an active poet, writer and editor for more than 50 years and a celebrated translator of the work...

Best-selling author, poet Robert Bly dies at 94

Nov. 22 (UPI) -- American poet Robert Bly, a towering literary figure whose work earned him accolades including a National Book Award but whose theories on masculinity drew criticism, died Sunday in Minneapolis, his family said. He was 94. Bly, a best-selling author, antiwar activist and translator who introduced international...