May 11th, 2021

T.Byron K. 2013

A Poet who cares about Souls

I just came across a photo of Robert Bly on his farm in
2009 and thought about how important his poetry has been
to me over the years and his teaching as well. I was given an anthology
Bly had Edited and a video back around 1990-92 or so. The book was titled
"The Rag & Bone Shop of The Heart" and I recently purchased the hardback
version of it because I love it so much. The video was a tape of a Bill Moyer's PBS
special that featured Robert Bly and his work with the men's movement at the time.
It was called "A Gathering of Men" and in it Bly performs spoken word poems
with music and lectures gatherings of men. The poetry is transcendent and beautiful
and his reading of "The Wind One Brilliant Day" inspired me to perform it with my own
band later on. There is a healing component to Bly's work, but not without digging around
in the "mud" of everyday life and going through the grief that all of us face first. I always
thought of Robert Bly as one of my Spiritual Fathers, a Poet who cares about Souls.

T.Byron K. 2013

Conveys The Eternal

My first encounter with Robert Frost was my Father's reading of Stopping By A Woods on A Snowy Evening to our family and it was my first experience with poetry. The poem has a mystical quality and convey's the eternal well (even to wide eyed children before Christmas). I always felt that Frost was responsible for connecting poetry and the people again after a long and rather academic alienation or divorce if you will. I recall reading about a poetry reading Frost did with Archibald Macliesh, who had passed out his poems to the audience as well and during the reading at some point Frost lit one of the poems and yelled "Fire, Fire!, watching it burn before the audience's amazement. I found a beautiful anthology of Frost's poems that contains all of his books (eleven total) Edited by Edward Lathem and first published in 1969. Frost reminds me a lot of Sherwood Anderson as well, who is a poetic storyteller of Midwest America (Ohio) and who also handles the "dark paradoxes" of life well within his work. I also found that Frost was very evocative of Whitman's verse, without as much consecutive cataloging of images.