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Robert Bly



Robert Bly (1926–2021) was an American poet, activist, and leader of the mythopoetic men’s movement. In addition to his vast collection of poetry and translations, he is well known for his anti-war protest efforts, his theories on the roots of social problems, and his efforts to help men reclaim and channel their masculinity in a positive manner.

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A Little Book on the Human Shadow

Robert Bly, renowned poet and author of the ground-breaking bestseller Iron John, mingles essay and verse to explore the Shadow—the dark side of the human personality—and the importance of confronting it.

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The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart: A Poetry Anthology

Robert Bly, James Hillman, and Michael Meade challenge the assumptions of our poetry-deprived society in this powerful collection of more than 400 deeply moving poems from renowned artists including Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes, Theodore Roethke, Rainer Maria Rilke, Marianne...

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The Soul Is Here for Its Own Joy: Sacred Poems from Many Cultures

Robert Bly's ground-breaking anthology of spiritual poems, the result of over a decade of personal research, celebrates the ongoing role of the divine in literature.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageReclaiming the sacred in our lives naturally brings us close once more to the wellsprings of poetry.

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Robert Bly: To Feel Grandiose and Worthless

Robert Bly explores the contradiction with teachers and attendees of the Minnesota Men's Conference, including thoughts from Robert Moore, Tim Young, and Daniel Deardorff.

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Jumping Out of Bed

This is a collection of Taoist-inspired poems by Robert Bly exploring the joys of solitude, the interdependence of all life, and the delights of being rather than striving. His poems are interwoven with woodcuts by Wang Hui-Ming, creating an attractive interplay of verbal and visual images.

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How Poet Robert Bly Unleashed "Iron John" and Started the Drum-Thumping Men’s Movement of the ’90s

An interview with Robert Bly.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageMost American men today do not have enough awakened or living warriors inside to defend their soul houses. And most people, men or women, do not know what genuine outward or inward warriors would look like, or feel like.

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Robert Bly, Poet, About Zeus Energy, Fatherhood and Manhood, with Bill Moyers 1990

Robert Bly interviewed by Bill Moyers in 1990. Part of a long interview dealing with being a man in modern society and the confusing role of the father in the life of men both old and young and how most fathers only share their temperament when they get home but not their teaching.

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Meditations on the Insatiable Soul: Poems

A new collection of poetry encompasses autobiographical works, the relationships between fathers and sons, and unfulfilled longings.

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