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Poetry: An Oral Tradition

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Poetry: an Oral Tradition

Do real men do poetry? Take a look at The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart: Poetry for Men. Here, poet Robert Bly teams with the well-known Jungian analyst and author James Hillman and Michael Meade, a storyteller and scholar of myths and ritual, to find the words that are in men's minds and in their hearts, when mere words are inadequate. That's the power of poetry. And one of the side-effects of the "men's movement" has to open many more men to the power of poetry.

So here are some of the poems that speak to men.

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Exciting new poetry videos: William Stafford and Robert Bly: A Literary Friendship and Rumi: Poet of the Heart.

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William Stafford & Robert Bly: A Literary Friendship

With Kit, Age Seven, at the Beach by William Stafford. Performed by the author.
As read by William Stafford on the video tape William Stafford & Robert Bly: A Literary Friendship. Click here to hear MP3 excerpts from the video, with William and Robert talking about the art and craft of poetry. Read our review of the tape. (Order direct from MenWeb)

Holes in Our Speech by Robert Bly. Performed by the author.
As read by Robert Bly on the video tape William Stafford & Robert Bly: A Literary Friendship. MP3 excerpts. Review of the tape. (Order direct from MenWeb)

A Ritual to Read to Each Other by William Stafford. Performed by the author. "The darkness around us is deep."
As read by William Stafford. Robert Bly offers his commentary on this poem, from which comes the title of the book of William Stafford poems that Robert Bly edited, The Darkness Around Us is Deep. From the video tape William Stafford & Robert Bly: A Literary Friendship. MP3 excerpts. Review of the tape. (Order direct from MenWeb)

Choosing a Dog by William Stafford. Performed by the author.
As read by William Stafford on the video tape William Stafford & Robert Bly: A Literary Friendship. MP3 excerpts. Review of the tape. (Order direct from MenWeb)

On the Oregon Coast - for William Stafford by Robert Bly. Performed by the author.
As read by Robert Bly on the video tape William Stafford & Robert Bly: A Literary Friendship. MP3 excerpts. Review of the tape. (Order direct from MenWeb)

Lit. Instructor by William Stafford. Performed by the author.
As read by William Stafford on the video tape William Stafford & Robert Bly: A Literary Friendship. Stafford preludes this with remarks about his "soft" style in teaching poetry in the university.MP3 excerpts. Review of the tape. (Order direct from MenWeb)



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My Father's Neck by Robert Bly. Performed by the author.
As read by Robert Bly on the audio cassette Men and the Life of Desire. (Order direct from MenWeb)

The Well of Grief by David Whyte. Performed by the author.
As read by David Whyte on his CD and audio cassette Close to Home (About David Whyte)

A Prayer For My Father by Robert Bly. Performed by the author.
As read by Robert Bly on the audio cassette Men and the Life of Desire. (Order direct from MenWeb)

Crazy Jane Talks With the Bishop by William Butler Yeats.
From The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart. (order on-line) As read by Michael Meade on the audio cassette Men and the Life of Desire. (Order direct from MenWeb)

The Voice Unseen by Bert H. Hoff.
      (This poem is inspired by Robert Bly's "A Third Body," from his book Sleepers Joining Hands. I am deeply grateful to Robert, for helping me find my own voice and speaking my truth. His poem has been a centerpiece for me, in talking about men, women and relationships.)
      (an original live WebCast, performed for MenWeb.)

More ... check out Bert's Poetry Page

Anything Good by T.A. Delmore.
      (an original live WebCast, performed for MenWeb.)

Watching Mom by T.A. Delmore.
      (an original live WebCast, performed for MenWeb.)

A Prayer For Old Age by William Butler Yeats.
From The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart. (order on-line) As read by James Hillman Bly on the audio cassette Men and the Life of Desire. (Order direct from MenWeb)

Poems from Rumi with musical accompaniment.
As performed by Robert Bly, Michael Meade and James Hillman. David Whetstone, Sitar, and Marcus Wise, Tabla. (These beautifuul Indian musical instruments weave a beautiful tapestry for these poems.) From the audio cassette Men and the Life of Desire. (Order direct from MenWeb)

Poems from Kabir with musical accompaniment.
As performed by Robert Bly. David Whetstone, Sitar, and Marcus Wise, Tabla. (These beautifuul Indian musical instruments weave a beautiful tapestry for these poems.) From the audio cassette Men and the Life of Desire. (Order direct from MenWeb)

Friend please tell me what I can do about this world ... by Kabir, from Robert Bly's The Kabir Book. Performed by Robert Bly with musical accompaniment.
As performed by Robert Bly. David Whetstone, Sitar, and Marcus Wise, Tabla. (These beautifuul Indian musical instruments weave a beautiful tapestry for these poems.) From the audio cassette Facing the Shadow in Men and Women featuring Robert Bly and Marion Woodman. (Order direct from MenWeb)

Drunk in the Tavern More Poems from Rumi, performed by Robert Bly with musical accompaniment.
As performed by Robert Bly. David Whetstone, Sitar, and Marcus Wise, Tabla. (These beautifuul Indian musical instruments weave a beautiful tapestry for these poems.) From the audio cassette Men and the Life of Desire. (Order direct from MenWeb)


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He Sits Down on the Floor of a School for the Retarded by Alden Nowlan. Read by Robert Bly.
Alden Nowlan, widely recognized as one of the most important poets to appear in Canada in the last thirty years, is virtually unknown in the U.S. Here is Robert Bly's favorite Alden Nowlan poem.

Click here to see our separate page on Alden Nowlan, to hear Bly tell why he admires Nowlan's poetry and to hear several other very good poems by Nowlan.


Men's Movement to Earth by Bert H. Hoff.
      (an original live WebCast, performed for MenWeb.)

More ... check out Bert's Poetry Page

from Vacillation by William Butler Yeats. From The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart. (order on-line) As read by Robert Bly on the audio cassette Men and the Life of Desire. (Order direct from MenWeb)

The Holy Longing by Goethe. (trans. Robert Bly)
"Tell a wise person, or else keep silent
Because the massman will mock it right away."From The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart. (order on-line) As read by Michael Meade on the audio cassette The Dance of Gender: When the Women Went One Way and the Men Went the Other.

Quatrains from Unseen Rain and The Light You Give Off by Rumi. (trans. Coleman Barks and John Moyne) From The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart. (order on-line) As read by Robert Bly and James Hillman on the audio cassette Men and the Life of Desire. (Order direct from MenWeb)

To Women, As Far as I'm Concerned by D. H. Lawrence. From The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart. (order on-line) As read by James Hillman on the audio cassette Men and the Life of Desire. (Order direct from MenWeb)

Ultimate Problem by William Stafford. From The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart. (order on-line) As read by Michael Meade on the audio cassette The Dance of Gender: When the Women Went One Way and the Men Went the Other.

Has Anyone Seen the Boy? by Rumi. (trans. Coleman Barks and John Moyne) From The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart. (order on-line) As read by Michael Meade on the audio cassette Men and the Life of Desire. (Order direct from MenWeb)

Proverbs from Hell by William Blake. From The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart. (order on-line) As read by Michael Meade on the audio cassette Men and the Life of Desire. (Order direct from MenWeb)

Healing by D. H. Lawrence. From The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart. (order on-line) As read by Michael Meade on the audio cassette The Dance of Gender: When the Women Went One Way and the Men Went the Other.

Feeling Fucked Up by Etheridge Knight. From The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart. (order on-line) As read by James Hillman on the audio cassette Men and the Life of Desire. (Order direct from MenWeb)

I Live My Life in Growing Orbits by Rainer Maria Rilke. (trans. Robert Bly)
From The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart. (order on-line) As read by James Hillman on the audio cassette Character and Destiny. (Order direct from MenWeb)

How Much is Not True by Kabir. (trans. Robert Bly)
From The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart. (order on-line) As read by Michael Meade on the audio cassette Images of Initiation. (Order direct from MenWeb)

A Story That Could Be True by William Stafford.
From The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart. (order on-line) As read by Michael Meade on the audio cassette Character and Destiny. (Order direct from MenWeb)

In a Dark Time by Theodore Roethke.
From The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart. (order on-line) As read by Michael Meade on the audio cassette Images of Initiation. (Order direct from MenWeb)

The Guest by Anna Akhmatova. (trans. Jane Kenyan and Vern Dunham) and The Light You Give Off by Rumi. (trans. Coleman Barks and John Moyne)
From The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart. (order on-line) As read by James Hillman on the audio cassette Character and Destiny. (Order direct from MenWeb)

Notebook of a Return to the Native Land by Aimé Césaire. (trans. Clayton Eshleman and Annette Smith)
From The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart. (order on-line) As read by Michael Meade on the audio cassette Character and Destiny. (Order direct from MenWeb)

Twenty-First. Night. Monday. by Anna Akhmatova. (trans. Jane Kenyan)
From The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart. (order on-line) As read by James Hillman on the audio cassette Character and Destiny. (Order direct from MenWeb)

More ... check out Bert's Poetry Page

The MenWeb on-line bookstore has a broad selection of poetry books.

Exciting new poetry videos: William Stafford and Robert Bly: A Literary Friendship and Rumi: Poet of the Heart.


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