Robert Bly

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Robert Bly

Robert Bly (born December 23, 1926) is an American poet, author, activist and leader of the Mythopoetic Men's Movement.

Career[change | change source]

Bly's early collection of poems, Silence in the Snowy Fields, was published in 1962, and its plain style had considerable influence on American poems of the next two decades.[1] The following year, he published "A Wrong Turning in American Poetry", an essay.

In 1966, Bly co-founded American Writers Against the Vietnam War. In 1968, he signed the “Writers and Editors War Tax Protest” pledge, vowing to refuse tax payments in protest against the war.[2] When he won the National Book Award for The Light Around the Body, he contributed the prize money to the Resistance. During the 1970s, he published eleven books of poetry, essays, and translations. During the 1980s 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.

Among his most famous works is Iron John: A Book About Men, an international bestseller which has been translated into many languages.

References[change | change source]

  1. Gioia, Mason, Schoerke (editors) Twentieth-Century American Poetics, p 260
  2. “Writers and Editors War Tax Protest” January 30, 1968 New York Post

Other websites[change | change source]

  • The Robert Bly Web Site
  • Profile and poems of Bly at
  • Francis Quinn (Spring 2000). "Robert Bly, The Art of Poetry No. 79". Paris Review.
  • "Robert Bly reads 'Loon's Cry' " Archived 2007-03-18 at the Wayback Machine for the WGBH series, New Television Workshop
  • Bly profile, The Academy of American Poets
  • MenWeb - Men's Issues Interview with Robert Bly
  • Modern American Poetry critical essays on Bly's works. University of Illinois
  • The Human Shadow and other essays, articles and interviews by Robert Bly. Audio.