Alec Nevala-Lee

Thoughts on art, creativity, and the writing life.

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Robert Bly

It takes a young poet ten years or so, I think, to develop the image well, perhaps five more to grasp the idea of spoken language and embody it, perhaps five or ten more to make the changes that will lead to weight. I don’t think the order of the labors is important. Some poets may be given one power as a gift, and have to work on the others, or may work on all three simultaneously, or begin with some power not mentioned. The whole process seems to take an American poet twenty or twenty-five years; some European poets go through it more quickly.

Robert Bly, “What the Image Can Do”

Written by nevalalee

June 17, 2016 at 7:30 am

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  1. As one Russian immigrant replied when told the time of day by another Russian immigrant, “Such much!”


    June 17, 2016 at 1:11 pm

  2. @Galtz: “Hmmm, you vill get along beautiful as a poet, mmm.”


    July 16, 2016 at 6:38 am

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