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Issue 30, July 31, 2017
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Our National Treasure, Robert Bly




The Water Tank



 

It's late fall, and the box-elder leaves are gone.

Snow falls on the horses among their hay bales

And on the water tank overturned for winter.

The horses bend their necks toward the white ground to eat.

 

                                                                                  —Robert Bly





Horses, In Repose, Connie Moses



Robert Bly, guest poet,  was born in western Minnesota in 1926 to parents of Norwegian stock. He enlisted in the Navy in 1944 and spent two years there. After one year at St. Olaf College in Minnesota, he transferred to Harvard and thereby joined the famous group of writers who were undergraduates at that time, which included Donald Hall, Adrienne Rich, Kenneth Koch, John Ashbery, Harold Brodky, George Plimpton, and John Hawkes. He graduated in 1950 and spent the next few years in New York living, as they say, hand to mouth.   [As reprinted from Robert Bly's biography.]