What: A reading by Robert Bly, Minnesota’s first poet laureate
When: Wednesday, October 16, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Willey Hall
Robert Bly will read from his latest collection of poetry, “Stealing Sugar from the Castle,” at this free event, sponsored by the Upper Midwest Literary Archives at the University of Minnesota Libraries.
A reception will follow the reading and books will be available to purchase.
“This new collection is a worthy cap to Bly’s long and storied career. Incorporating some very early, unpublished poems all the way up to selections from his latest collection, 2011’s ‘Talking Into the Ear of a Donkey,’ the book draws on 15 collections and allows readers to see his evolution.”
—Star Tribune, September 15, 2013
“Here is the essential Robert Bly, ‘a man in love with the setting stars,’ a dark transcendentalist, a troublemaker, a mourner who keeps seeing the walls splashed with blood, a singer of boundless mysteries, imagination’s keeper, a witness to joy. He has been lighting up American poetry for more than sixty years.”
– Edward Hirsch
About Robert Bly
Bly won the National Book Award in 1968 for his second collection, “The Light Around the Body.” His latest book contains new and selected poems spanning 50 years. Earlier this year, Bly received the Poetry Society of America’s highest honor, the Frost Medal.
Robert Bly’s papers are held in the Upper Midwest Literary Archives at the University of Minnesota Libraries. They are available for the public to view by appointment.