“My Father at Eighty-Six” by Robert Bly

In 2008 Minnesota’s Robert Bly was named our state’s first poet laureate. The honor capped a long career as a poet, writer, and translator. As he starts his tenth decade, Bly is still a literary force. In 1989 TPT produced a special on Bly and the mythopoetic men’s movement he was championing. In this TPT special Bly read his poem “My Father at Eighty-Six.”

 
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Narrative poetry. Spoken word. Lyric poetry accompanied by music. Poetry that rhymes and poetry that slants, bends and winds. During National Poetry Month, TPT presents a poem from the archives every day: 30 Poets, 30 Days. Some of the featured poets are Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winners. Most call Minnesota home. Every one of them represents a journey in language and culture.
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