The Poetry Society of America anunció a Robert Bly como ganador de la Medalla Frost el máximo galardón que esta Organización entrega.
La Medalla Frost 2013 que lleva el nombre del célebre Poeta Robert Frost le será entregada a Robert Bly el Próximo 5 de abril del 2013.
Robert Bly poeta estadounidense quién nació en Minnesota en 1926 será el homenajeado en esta ocasión con tan importante galardón. El mismo anteriormente le ha sido entregado a grandes poetas como: Wallace Stevens, Marianne Moore, Allen Ginsberg, entre otros y le es entregado a los poetas que son seleccionados por la Organización de Poetas de América como distinción por toda la obra del autor.
A continuación les dejo un poco de la vida de Robert Bly en inglés y un poema del mismo.
Robert Bly was born in western Minnesota in 1926 to parents of Norwegian ancestry. After two years in the Navy, he received his BA from Harvard University and his MA from the University of Iowa. Following his time in Iowa, he traveled to Norway to translate Norwegian poetry on a Fulbright grant. In Norway he discovered several Latin American and European poets previously underexposed to North American audiences. As the editor of The Fifties (later The Sixties and The Seventies and so forth), Bly introduced North American readers to the riches of European and Latin American poetry. In 1962, he published his first book of poetry, the first of over thirty books of poetry to date, including Talking Into the Ear of a Donkey (2011); Reaching Out to the World: New and Selected Prose Poems (2009); My Sentence Was a Thousand Years of Joy (2006); The Night Abraham Called to the Stars (2001); Snowbanks North of the House (1999); Loving a Woman in Two Worlds (1987); This Body is Made of Camphor and Gopherwood (1977); and The Light Around the Body (1967), which won the National Book Award. In 1966 he co-founded American Writers Against the Vietnam War and emerged as a major voice against the war. Outside of poetry circles, Bly is probably best known for his international bestseller Iron John: A Book About Men and his ongoing leadership in the mythopoetic men's movement. Among his honors are the Tranströmer Poetry Prize in Sweden, and Guggenheim, Rockefeller, and National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife Ruth.
Keeping Our Small Boat Afloat
So many blessings have been given to us
During the first distribution of light, that we are
Admired in a thousand galaxies for our grief.
Don't expect us to appreciate creation or to
Avoid mistakes. Each of us is a latecomer
To the earth, picking up wood for the fire.
Every night another beam of light slips out
From the oyster's closed eye. So don't give up hope
That the door of mercy may still be open.
Seth and Shem, tell me, are you still grieving
Over the spark of light that descended with no
Defender near into the Egypt of Mary's womb?
It's hard to grasp how much generosity
Is involved in letting us go on breathing,
When we contribute nothing valuable but our grief.
Each of us deserves to be forgiven, if only for
Our persistence in keeping our small boat afloat
When so many have gone down in the storm.
Sin duda alguna esto marca todo un acontecimiento para la Poesía Anglosajona con esté premio otorgado al poeta Robert Bly por The Poetry Society of America.
Foto e información tomada de: The Poetry Society of America
Autor: Robert Allen Goodrich Valderrama