Robert Bly

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This article is about the poet. For the business writer, see Robert W. Bly.

Robert Bly (born December 231926 in Madison, Minnesota) is a poet, author, and leader of the Mythopoetic Men's Movement in the United States. He co-founded American Writers Against the Vietnam War and won the National Book Award for The Light Around the Body, a collection of anti-war poems.

Among his most famous works is Iron John: A Book About Men (1990 ISBN 0201517205), an international bestseller which has been translated into many languages. The book is credited with starting the Men's Movement in the United States. Bly frequently does workshops for men with James Hillman and others, and workshops for men and women with Marion Woodman. He maintains a friendly correspondence with Clarissa Pinkola EstÚs author of Women Who Run With the Wolves. (ISBN 0345377443)

Bly was the University of Minnesota Library's 2002 Distinguished Writer. He has published more than 40 collections of poetry, edited many others, and published translations of poetry and prose from such languages as Swedish, German, Spanish, Persian and Urdu. His book, The Night Abraham Called to the Stars was nominated for a Minnesota Book Award. Among his many honors are the National Book Award for The Light Around the Body (1968). He also edited the prestigious Best American Poetry 1999 (Scribners).

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