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Robert Bly, a poet who gave rise to a male movement, dies at the age of 94

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Who is Robert Bly ?

Robert Elwood Bly (December 23, 1926 – November 21, 2021) was an American poet, essayist, activist and leader of the mythopoetic men’s movement. His most famous prose book is Iron John: A Book About Men (1990),  which spent 62 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, and is a key text in the mythopoetic men’s movement. He won the 1968 National Book Award for Poetry for his book The Light Around the Body.

Robert Bly, the best-selling poet, author and translator, in 1996.

His Most Famous and Controversial

His most famous, and most controversial, work was “Iron John: A Book About Men,” which argued that American men had become soft and feminized. It made him a cultural phenomenon.

Minnesota poet Robert Bly has died.

Bly was 94 years old and had suffered from Alzheimer’s for almost a decade.

He changed the face of American poetry with his publication “The Fifties,” in which he moved poetry away from the European model and lobbied for new poets, including those from other countries.

In addition to writing his own poetry, Bly was an editor and translator.

Mr. Bly’s book on men was on The New York Times’s best-seller list for 62 weeks, including 10 weeks as No. 1, and was translated into many languages.

Born in Minnesota

Born in Minnesota; his collection, “The Light Around the Body,” won the 1967 National Book Award.

He was born in Madison, Minnesota, and lived most of his life there until he moved to Minneapolis.

He is best known for “Iron John”, his book that launched the men’s movement.

From the large volume of his production – more than 50 poetry books, translations of European and Latin American authors and non-fiction commentaries on literature, gender roles and social ills, as well as poetry magazines he has edited for decades – one can imagine a reclining hole in a North Woods cottage. And Mr. Bly lived for many years in a small town in Minnesota and immersed herself in poetry about quiet fields and snowy woodlands.

But from relative obscurity, he roared into national consciousness in the 1960s, with anti-war verses attacking President Lyndon B. Johnson, Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara, and General William C. Westmoreland, the commander of Vietnam. His pen also touched the American war machine:

A file photo of Robert Bly talking about his adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's "Peer Gynt," during an interview on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2008 in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Awards and legacy

Bly was the University of Minnesota Library’s Distinguished Writer in 2002. He received the McKnight Foundations Distinguished Artist Award in 2000 and the Maurice English Poetry Award in 2002. He has published more than 40 collections of poems, edited many other and published translations of poetry and prose from languages ​​such 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).

Bly at the "Poetry Out Loud" finals, Minnesota 2009

In 2006

In 2006, the University of Minnesota bought the Blys archive, which contained more than 80,000 pages of handwritten manuscripts; a journal spanning nearly 50 years; notebooks with his “morning poems”; draft translations; hundreds of audio and video tapes and correspondence with many writers such as James Wright, Donald Hall and James Dickey. The archive is located at the Elmer L. Andersen Library on the University of Minnesota campus. The university paid $ 775,000 from school funds and private donors.

In 1955 he married Carol McLean, a writer. They had four children, Bridget, Mary, Micah and Noah, and divorced in 1979. In 1980, he married Ruth Counsell, a Jungian therapist. She survives him. Complete information on survivors was not immediately available.

In the 1970s, he wrote 11 books of poetry, essays, and translations, delving into myths, meditations, and Indian ecstatic verses. In the 1980s and 1990s, he produced 27 books, including “The Man in the Black Coat Turns” (1981), “Loving a Woman in Two Worlds” (1985) and “Selected Poems” (1986).

Mr. Lead, who lived in Minneapolis and Moose Lake, Minn., Received many awards and was the subject of numerous books and essays.

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