By | November 22, 2021
Robert Bly Death

Robert Bly Death – Robert Bly who was a well known American poet and storyteller has died unexpectedly at the age of 94, leaving family and loved ones in grief. Timothy Frantzich announced Robert dead in a Facebook post on Sunday, November 21, 2021 while sharing his tributes and grieving his passing. “The sun went down today and part of it won’t come up again. Robert Bly. Almost 96 years old, Feeling blessed and sad.” Timothy said.

According to Wikipedia, Robert Elwood Bly was a legendary poet, essayist, activist and leader of the mythopoetic men’s movement. His best-known prose book is Iron John: A Book About Men, which spent 62 weeks on The New York Times Best Seller list, and is a key text of the mythopoetic men’s movement. He was born on December 23, 1926 in Lac qui Parle County, Minnesota to Jacob Bly and Alice Bly. He was married to Ruth Counsell Bly in 1980 and Carol Bly from 1955–1979.

Robert has received a lot of awards during his time time some of which include National Book Award for Poetry, Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, US & Canada etc. Dan Goodfellow described him as an instrumental figure in Mens Work for his seminal work ‘Iron John’, “aw, this one bites hard. RIP Robert Bly, such an instrumental figure in Mens Work ( or however you choose to label it), his seminal work ‘Iron John’ is a staggeringly powerful exploration of myth and modern manhood, one of those books that i can’t recommend enough.” Dan said. Robert Bly obituary will be announced by the family.

Shared tributes

Paul Frantzich – “This One rearranged the furniture in my heart. This is the day I knew would come and now it has. I will hold on to as much of you as I can. Thank you for the hard work that inspires us. Thank you Robert Bly…thank you David Hawkinson for introducing us to him…thank you big brother Timothy for playing Face of God for him 20 years ago. Thank you Mark Horst for the brushes and paint that gathered his likeness on this canvas. The River rolls on and the shape of things ahead are captured in his words.”

David Ballman – “I’m forever grateful for the teacher who taught me and the friend who blessed me. Blessings Robert and may your journey be as magnificent as you were.”

Dan Goodfellow – “aw, this one bites hard. RIP Robert Bly, such an instrumental figure in Mens Work ( or however you choose to label it), his seminal work ‘Iron John’ is a staggeringly powerful exploration of myth and modern manhood, one of those books that i can’t recommend enough. It was from this work that my shamanic mens workshops drew inspiration, and i’ve been honoured to be of help on the path way of self discovery to the men who have attended them. Thank you Robert , your voice will carry on through generations, and we were blessed to have you.”

Photo Credit; Dan Goodfellow shared on Facebook