Minnesota poet Robert Bly, author of ‘Iron John’, dies at 94

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Robert Bly (Library of Congress)

MINNEAPOLIS  – Robert Bly, the poet who authored the men’s movement classic “Iron John,” has died.

Bly spent most of his life in his native Minnesota and was an active poet for more than 50 years.

“Iron John,” his meditation on modern masculinity, was released in 1990, and spent more than two years on the New York Times Bestseller List.

Bly won the National Book Award in 1968 for a book of Vietnam War protest poems.  He also translated international poets to bring them to U.S. readers.

Bly was 94 and had suffered from dementia. His daughter, Mary Bly, says he died at home in Minneapolis on Sunday, surrounded by family.

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