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Robert Bly

Robert BlyAKA Robert Elwood Bly

Born: 23-Dec-1926
Birthplace: Madison, MN

Gender: Male
Religion: Lutheran
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Poet

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Iron John: A Book About Men

Military service: US Navy (1944-46)

Father: Thomas Bly
Mother: Alice Aws
Wife: Carolyn McLean (m. 1955, div. 1979)
Wife: Ruth Counsell (m. 1980)

    University: St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN (studied 1946-47)
    University: BA, Harvard University (1950)
    University: MA, University of Iowa (1956)

    Esalen Speaker
    National Book Award for Poetry 1968 for The Light Around the Body
    Fulbright 1956
    Guggenheim Fellowship 1965

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Author of books:
Silence in the Snowy Fields (1962, poetry)
The Light Around the Body (1968, poetry)
Sleepers Joining Hands (1973, poetry)
Jumping Out of Bed (1973, poetry)
Old Man Rubbing His Eyes (1974, poetry)
This Body Is Made of Camphor and Gopherwood (1977, poetry)
This Tree Will Be Here for a Thousand Years (1979, poetry)
The Man in the Black Coat Turns (1981, poetry)
Mirabai Versions (1984, poetry)
Iron John: A Book About Men (1990, poetry)
What Have I Ever Lost by Dying? (1992, poetry)
Meditations on the Insatiable Soul (1994, poetry)
Morning Poems (1997, poetry)
Eating the Honey of Words (1999, poetry)
The Maiden King: The Reunion of Masculine and Feminine (1999, poetry, with Marion Woodman)
Snowbanks North of the House (1999, poetry)
The Night Abraham Called to the Stars (2001, poetry)
My Sentence Was a Thousand Years of Joy (2005, poetry)
Air Mail: brev, 1964-90 (Air Mail: Letters, 1964-90 (2007, letters, with Tomas Tranströmer)

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