A family recipe, a childhood memory, a Depression-era handout
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Robert Bly is a poet and translator. His books include Iron John: A Book about Men and The Light around the Body.
When we were one or two years old we had what we might visualize as a 360-degree personality. Energy radiated out from all parts of our body and all parts of our psyche. A child running is a living globe of energy.
I’m not praising the middle class, but we are returning to the problem of why so many of our poems carry no values except private ones. I think the universities have had a part in this. One could say that the M.F.A. programs de-class a young poet.