Host(s): Gregory Fitzgerald and William Heyen
Tape order number: C-414
Visit Date: March 17, 1970
Length: 30 minutes
Brief Summary: Bly talks about the temporality of poetry, and the Buddhist philosophy of embracing the present. Americans, he says, are obsessed with the past and the future, and thus are too concerned with aesthetic distance and with writing for posterity. Bly also talks about the need to balance masculine and feminine consciousness, and sees the growing individual spirituality in the counterculture as evidence of a shift away from the brutality of masculinity.
What we have to learn is that you forget about the future -- you're writing for the people who are alive at your time and you try to move them as much as you can.
-- Robert Bly