O'Brien County's Bell-Times-Courier -

American Life In Poetry


February 27, 2020

Robert Bly is one of the last living major American poets of his generation, and W.W. Norton recently published his Collected Poems. I and many other poets of the central states owe Bly, who grew up on a Minnesota farm, a great deal, for showing us how to write about what's around us, the turkey sheds, the great skies, the rain-filled roadside ditches, all of it. Here's one poem about our life force that I'm especially fond of.

Why We Don't Die

In late September many voices

Tell you you will die.

That leaf says it, that coolness.

All of them are right.

Our many souls-what

Can they do ab...

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