Bly, Robert 1977; 2007

Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Friday, November 4, 1977
Vintage poster of Robert Bly's reading at the Poetry Center of Chicago.

Vintage poster of Robert Bly’s reading at the Poetry Center of Chicago.

Inside the veins there are navies setting forth,
Tiny explosions at the waterlines,
And seagulls weaving in the wind of the salty blood.

– Robert Bly, “Waking from Sleep” 

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Audio recording of the Poetry Center Reading Series featuring Tom Raworth, Diane di Prima, Kimiko Hahn, Eugene Gloria, Patricia Smith, Luis Rodriguez, Robert Bly, Brian Turner, Bruce Weigl, Tyehimba Jess, A. Van Jordan, Arielle Greenberg, Billy Corgan, Franz Wright, Czeslaw Milosz, Louise Glück, and Alicia Ostriker.

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In the deep fall, the body awakes,
And we find lions on the sea-shore–
Nothing to fear.
The wind rises, the water is born,
Spreading white tomb clothes on a rocky shore,
Drawing us up
From the bed of the land.

– Robert Bly, “Poem in Praise of Solitude”

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Listen to Robert Bly present on The Art of Longing at the 1995 Minnesota Men’s Conference:

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