April 17, 2019
April is National Poetry Month
“Favorite Poets Week”
~7 Poets in & 7 Days~
Writing by Inner Vision – A Personal Journal
2019 – I am Reflecting on my 7 Favorite Poets this Week.
“ Forget all rules, forget all restrictions, as to taste, as to what ought to be said, write for the pleasure of it… – William Carlos Williams ”
I Write for the Pleasure of it –
This modest 7-day series will introduce my readers to 7 different poets who have influenced my intellectual, creative and professional life as an academic scholar, author, lecturer, and visual artist. I present them for enjoyment because they each give me so much pleasure.
I first met Robert Bly when I opened my mind to listen to his thoughts as a freshman student in the BFA program at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. Robert Bly taught me to look deep inside of me to find the poetry. Each poet stretched my imagination and challenged me to pursue a life of poetry. My journey with these poets began in 1985 when I entered the BFA program, and continues to this day.
I’ve written quite a bit on Robert Bly’s poetry and I have done academic conference presentations on Robert Bly and his writings. In one conference presentation, my paper was published in the book,
The Sibling Society –
The Robert Bly Colloquium
essays presented at the colloquial at Kent State University. Editor for this book is Terry White, from KSU.
I will give you links to 2 of Robert Bly’s poems which are favorites of mine.
You can go to that link and read the poem and you can listen to the poem as well.
Enjoy your visit with one of my all-time favorite poets. Robert Bly is a translator as well as one of America’s best poets.
A highlight of my career was when Robert Bly attended the colloquium when I was presenting. Later, when the book was published he comments that my presentation was one of his favorite essays in the book. My poetry library shelves have a nice collection of his books and translations. My collection of Robert Bly’s books is a treasure that I cherish.
Robert Bly’s books available on Amazon: Robert Bly Collection
To Think About:
What can a poem do for you?
In my experience, a poem has the power to change a life.
Poetry is power. It can make us stretch and grow.
Poetry is alive. When we read a poem, new life flows into us from those living words.
Poetry touches the human spirit. Poetry, like fine art, is a living presence.
What has poetry done for you lately?
Lynda McKinney Lambert. Copyright 2019 All Rights Reserved.
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