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Robert Bly

Robert Bly is the author of more than thirty books of poetry, including Stealing Sugar from the Castle: Selected Poems (Norton, 2013). His selected translations, The Winged Energy of Delight, appeared in 2004 from HarperCollins. He is also the author of a number of nonfiction books, including Iron John: A Book about Men (1990). His honors include Guggenheim, Rockefeller, and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships as well as the Robert Frost Medal from the Poetry Society of America.


After Reading “The Sleepers”

Spring 2005 | Poetry

I am amazed, there is nothing you can do for me, I am content.
I see my mother and father, the night pervades them and enfolds them.  
Everything I've said about them, I take back, and yet I still maintain what I have said.

Robert Bly and James Wright: A Correspondence

Winter 2005 | Essays

For as long as I can remember I've been hearing the story: that James Wright, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, had nearly given up writing early in his career. What saved him? An unexpected copy of a new magazine called The Fifties and the ensuing correspondence with its young poet-editor Robert Bly. The correspondence bloomed into a friendship, and Wright's best and most famous poems were written at Bly's farm in Madison, Minnesota. As I say, I've been hearing this for as long as I can remember. But without a biography or a volume of Wright's letters to confirm the story, it always remained in the realm of rumor.