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Robert Bly, Poet Who Gave Rise to a Men’s Movement, Dies at 94 – The New York Times

His most famous, and most controversial, work was “Iron John,” which made the case that American men had grown soft and feminized. It made him a cultural phenomenon

By Robert D. McFadden, Nov. 22, 2021

Robert Bly in 1975. He was a prolific poet, essayist and translator and had been a galvanizing force in the antiwar movement of the Vietnam era. Credit…Gerard Malanga

Robert Bly, the Minnesota poet, author and translator who articulated the solitude of landscapes, galvanized protests against the Vietnam War and started a controversial men’s movement with a best seller that called for a restoration of primal male audacity, died on Sunday at his home in Minneapolis.

He was 94. The death was confirmed by his wife, Ruth Bly. From the sheer volume of his output — more than 50 books of poetry, translations of European and Latin American writers, and nonfiction commentaries on literature, gender roles and social ills, as well as poetry magazines he edited for decades — one might imagine a recluse holed up in a North Woods cabin.

And Mr. Bly did live for many years in a small town in Minnesota, immersing himself in the poetry of silent fields and snowy woodlands.

Source: Robert Bly, Poet Who Gave Rise to a Men’s Movement, Dies at 94 – The New York Times

Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Beat Poet And Small-Press Publisher, Dies At 101 : NPR

  Poet and author Lawrence Ferlinghetti, pictured above in 1960, was born on March 24, 1919. AP
Poet and author Lawrence Ferlinghetti, pictured above in 1960, was born on March 24, 1919. AP


Lawrence Ferlinghetti has died in San Francisco. He was 101. Ferlinghetti is probably best known for three things: his Beat poetry, his San Francisco bookstore and small press, and his defense of the First Amendment in a famous court case.

His most famous work is a 1958 collection of poetry called A Coney Island of the Mind. In it, he compares the horrors depicted in Francisco Goya’s paintings of the Napoleonic wars to scenes of post-World War II America.

A Coney Island of the Mind
Poems
by Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Paperback, 93 pages
purchase

Source: Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Beat Poet And Small-Press Publisher, Dies At 101 : NPR

The Writer’s Almanac

Editor’s Note: I was pleased and happy to discover that Garrison Keillor had resumed his “The Writer’s Almanac” podcasts. You can listen to them here:

https://art19.com/shows/the-writers-almanac

“The Writer’s Almanac is a daily podcast of poetry and historical interest pieces, usually of literary significance, hosted by Garrison Keillor.”

Source: The Writer’s Almanac

Poetry in America | Bringing poetry into living rooms and classrooms around the world

Poetry in America is a production of Verse Video Education, a not-for-profit organization founded by Elisa New that produces the highest quality educational media across disciplines.

Source: Poetry in America | Bringing poetry into living rooms and classrooms around the world

BBC – Culture – Inside the mind of an Oscar-nominated screenwriter

After penning the script for Lion, Luke Davies was nominated for an Academy Award. He tells how he hones his craft.

Source: BBC – Culture – Inside the mind of an Oscar-nominated screenwriter

Everything You Need to Know About the Winter Solstice

“The trumpet of a prophecy! O Wind,
If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?”

Source: https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/ode-west-wind
Ode to the West Wind, Percy Bysshe Shelley, 1792 – 1822


 Egypt's Karnak Temple was built in alignment with the solstice, in order to focus light on a shrine to the sun god. Photograph by Kenneth Garrett, National Geographic Creative
Egypt’s Karnak Temple was built in alignment with the solstice, in order to focus light on a shrine to the sun god. Photograph by Kenneth Garrett, National Geographic Creative

From astronomy to religion, the year’s shortest day brings enduring mysteries.

Source: Everything You Need to Know About the Winter Solstice