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by Robert Bly

Award-winning poetry focuses on politics, the Vietnam War, and the events in the America of the late 60's
Download The Light Around the Body epub
ISBN: 006090786X
ISBN13: 978-0060907860
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Poetry
Author: Robert Bly
Language: English
Publisher: Harper & Row (August 1, 1991)
Pages: 62 pages
ePUB size: 1215 kb
FB2 size: 1280 kb
Rating: 4.1
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Robert Bly is a poet in the footsteps of Walt Witman but he bring the intellectual weight of Carl Jung to his work. His poem "The Teeth Mother, Naked at Last" contributed mightily to ended the Viet Nam War which history has shown to be a national mistake that sent a generation into turmoil and left them wounded whether they participated in the war or opposed it. Reading Bly is not a recreational experience and not for the faith of heart. He demand that you dig deep and examine both your intellect and your heart. His leadership in the men's movement has given men back their claim on the full range of human emotions. You may not like his work if it challenges your beliefs, but if you take him seriously and struggle to understand what he is offering your will be a better human being as a result.
From the author best known to the general public for instigating the "Iron John" men's movement, this volume won a National Book Award back in 1960-something, but as poetry it's not notably better or worse than the norm. The weakest poems are the ones that come off as relatively straightforward protest pieces (one section is titled "The Vietnam War"), but at least they're not as bad as the stupid titles might suggest. (I tend to quake in fear when I encounter poems called "Listening to President Kennedy Lie about the Cuban Invasion".) Elsewhere, Bly indulges freely, and with sporadic success, in the kind of imagistic, semi-surreal verse that characterizes much contemporary poetry. It's not bad; Bly, despite his overuse of "there is/are" constructions, comes up with some nice lines now and then. But only ardent fans of 60's-style anti-war poetry really need this stuff.