Robert Bly and the Habit of Being

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  1. J.E. Jacobson
    J.E. Jacobson October 5, 2009 at 6:36 pm .

    I too wrestle with money-making versus art-making. They definitely contrast in my life as so many creative powers go into teaching, spare energy into grading, and then there's the family that deserves more of me than they get. I like what William said, one poem at a time.

  2. vazambam
    vazambam October 5, 2009 at 5:36 am .

    Joe,<br /><br />In appreciation of this tribute to Bly, have a cigar on me!

  3. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison October 4, 2009 at 7:13 pm .

    Thanks to both of you for the (in different ways) encouraging words.<br /><br />It&#39;s crossed my mind, Lyle, that a gathering of Bly reminiscences would be fun and illuminating. Not necessarily by friends of his, but by those of us who encountered him maybe only a few times but felt the force of his ideas and personality in various ways. I can&#39;t claim to know, but my guess is that his

  4. William Michaelian
    William Michaelian October 4, 2009 at 5:10 pm .

    Survival <i>is</i> the solution. And certainly it is not failure. But failure, or the fear of it, can be a habit. Bitten as you are by words, possessed as you are by the magic and possibility you find in them, your only course of action is to write the next poem, and the next, and then the poem after that….

  5. Lyle Daggett
    Lyle Daggett October 4, 2009 at 5:37 am .

    Thanks for posting the Bly link — although I live in Minneapolis, I hadn&#39;t caught the article in the Star Tribune. I read and enjoyed also your previous post about Bly that you linked to here.<br /><br />Bly&#39;s poetry has been a large presence for me also over the years. I&#39;ve tended to like the work in his earlier books more, I guess, than his more recent ones, in general anyway. A

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