Robert Bly

Robert Bly, 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. 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). As head of the Sixties Press he printed unconventional poetry and translations from lesser-known foreign poets. Since the early 1980s Bly has been 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. In The Sibling Society (1996) Bly posits that contemporary adults behave like eternal adolescents due to the absence of proper parental authority figures. In The Maiden King (1998), written with Marion Woodman, Bly uses Russian myth to explore masculine-feminine development in men.

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

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Robert Bly: Selected full-text books and articles

The Incorporative Consciousness of Robert Bly
Victoria Frenkel Harris.
Southern Illinois University Press, 1992
Loud Men: The Poetic Visions of Robert Bly, Ice Cube, and Etheridge Knight
Seelow, David.
The Journal of Men's Studies, Vol. 6, No. 2, Winter 1998
PEER-REVIEWED PERIODICAL
Peer-reviewed publications on Questia are publications containing articles which were subject to evaluation for accuracy and substance by professional peers of the article's author(s).
New Poets of England and America
Donald Hall; Robert Pack; Louis Simpson.
Meridian Books, 1957
Librarian’s tip: Includes 5 poems by Robert Bly, starting on p. 23
The American Prose Poem: Poetic Form and the Boundaries of Genre
Michel Delville.
University Press of Florida, 1998
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 4 "Deep Images and Things: The Prose Poems of Robert Bly"
Warriors and Wildmen: Men, Masculinity, and Gender
Stephen Wicks.
Bergin & Garvey, 1996
Librarian’s tip: Discusses Bly in Chap. 4 "Ritual Space: The Mythopoetic Men's Movement"
Mythopoetic Perspectives of Men's Healing Work: An Anthology for Therapists and Others
Edward Read Barton.
Bergin & Garvey, 2000
"Secret Men's Business": New Millennium Advice for Australian Boys
Pearce, Sharyn.
Mosaic (Winnipeg), Vol. 34, No. 2, June 2001
PEER-REVIEWED PERIODICAL
Peer-reviewed publications on Questia are publications containing articles which were subject to evaluation for accuracy and substance by professional peers of the article's author(s).
The Sibling Society
Robert Bly.
Addison-Wesley, 1996
Iron John: A Book about Men
Robert Bly.
Addison-Wesley, 1990
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