The Poetry Society of America has bestowed its highest honor, the Robert Frost Medal, to Robert Bly. The award is for “distinguished lifetime achievement in poetry.”
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Bly, a native Minnesotan, will join a distinguished roster that includes such literary luminaries as Wallace Stevens, Marianne Moore, Gwendolyn Brooks and Allen Ginsberg.
In addition to being an accomplished poet in his own right, Bly introduced North American audiences to a multitude of poets of European and Latin American origin in his publication The Fifties (later named The Sixties and The Seventies). He’s probably best known for his book Iron John: A Book About Men.
Bly lives with his wife Ruth in Minneapolis. He suffers from Alzheimer’s, but still has been recently active in poetry events.