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William Stafford and Robert Bly

A Literary Friendship

presented by Haydn Reiss and Magnolia Films
MP3 excerpts from the video.

 

Haydn Reiss and Magnolia Films, William Stafford and Robert Bly: A Literary Friendship (San Anselmo, CA: Magnolia Films, 1994). Order on-line. Read our review.

In these MP3 excerpts from the video, Robert Bly and William Stafford read their works and talk about the art and craft of poetry.



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William Stafford and Robert Bly: A Literary Friendship
presented by Haydn Reiss
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William Stafford
(Robert Bly, ed.), The Darkness Around Us Is Deep:
Selected Poems of William Stafford

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Morning Poems
by Robert Bly
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With Kit, Age Seven, at the Beach by William Stafford. Performed by the author.
As read by William Stafford on the video tape William Stafford & Robert Bly: A Literary Friendship. Read our review of the tape. (Order direct from MenWeb)

Holes in Our Speech by Robert Bly. Performed by the author.
As read by Robert Bly on the video tape William Stafford & Robert Bly: A Literary Friendship. Review of the tape. (Order direct from MenWeb)

Choosing a Dog by William Stafford. Performed by the author.
As read by William Stafford on the video tape William Stafford & Robert Bly: A Literary Friendship. Review of the tape. (Order direct from MenWeb)

First Grade by William Stafford. Performed by the author.
As read by William Stafford on the video tape William Stafford & Robert Bly: A Literary Friendship. Review of the tape. (Order direct from MenWeb)

Early Roots In this segment, Robert and William talk about first becoming aware of each other's work, and about their common Midwestern roots. William talks about poetry as an organic process. Review of the tape. (Order direct from MenWeb)

Explaining the Big One by William Stafford. Performed by the author.
As read by William Stafford on the video tape William Stafford & Robert Bly: A Literary Friendship. Review of the tape. (Order direct from MenWeb)

On the Oregon Coast - for William Stafford by Robert Bly. Performed by the author.
As read by Robert Bly on the video tape William Stafford & Robert Bly: A Literary Friendship. Review of the tape. (Order direct from MenWeb)

Golden Threads In this segment, Bly and Stafford talk about Stafford's view of the art and craft of poetry as involving a gentle tugging on the Golden Threads we see in our lives. Review of the tape. (Order direct from MenWeb)

Lit. Instructor by William Stafford. Performed by the author.
As read by William Stafford on the video tape William Stafford & Robert Bly: A Literary Friendship. Stafford preludes this with remarks about his "soft" style in teaching poetry in the university. Review of the tape. (Order direct from MenWeb)

Coincidence In this segment, William reads Over the Mountain and Robert reads The Foghorn at Port Townsend. They're amazed that they wrote such similar poems at about the same time, not being aware of the other's poem. Review of the tape. (Order direct from MenWeb)

Simplicity and MTV In this segment, Bly contrasts MTV with Stafford as a "simple" poet, and they talk about Whitman, Emily Dickenson and Jack Kerouac. Review of the tape. (Order direct from MenWeb)

Writing Poetry In this segment, William Stafford talks about his approach to writing poetry. Review of the tape. (Order direct from MenWeb)

Thoughts in the Cabin by Robert Bly. Performed by the author.
Bly and Stafford also talk about misdirection. As read by Robert Bly on the video tape William Stafford & Robert Bly: A Literary Friendship. Review of the tape. (Order direct from MenWeb)

Roll Call by William Stafford. Performed by the author.
As read by William Stafford on the video tape William Stafford & Robert Bly: A Literary Friendship. Review of the tape. (Order direct from MenWeb)

Early Morning Lake by Robert Bly. Performed by the author.
Bly and Stafford also talk about misdirection. As read by Robert Bly on the video tape William Stafford & Robert Bly: A Literary Friendship. Review of the tape. (Order direct from MenWeb)

A Ritual to Read to Each Other by William Stafford. Performed by the author. "The darkness around us is deep."
As read by William Stafford. Robert Bly offers his commentary on this poem, from which comes the title of the book of William Stafford poems that Robert Bly edited, The Darkness Around Us is Deep. From the video tape William Stafford & Robert Bly: A Literary Friendship. Review of the tape. (Order direct from MenWeb)

William Stafford's Work Robert Bly talks about the importance of William Stafford's poetry. Review of the tape. (Order direct from MenWeb)

Security by William Stafford. Performed by the author.
As read by William Stafford, from which comes the title of the book of William Stafford poems that Robert Bly edited, The Darkness Around Us is Deep. From the video tape William Stafford & Robert Bly: A Literary Friendship. Review of the tape. (Order direct from MenWeb)

 


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