MPR’s Euan Kerr sits down with poet Robert Bly, who discusses his book of ghazals called "My Sentence was a Thousand Years of Joy," as well as his varied and colorful career.
Minnesota poet Robert Bly has dedicated himself to exploring a poetic style developed in the Muslim world. The ghazal is like the Japanese poetry form, haiku, in that it has a few simple rules about length and form. And like the haiku, it can deliver powerful ideas about the world around us.
Bly is probably best known as the father of what he has called "the expressive men's movement," which he espoused in his 1990 bestseller, "Iron John: A Book About Men." He also published works in opposition to the wars in Vietnam and Iraq. Bly discussed his new book, as well as his varied and colorful career.