Robert Bly, Loving a Woman in Two Worlds

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Robert Bly's

Loving a Woman in Two Worlds

(1985) is in many ways a sequel to his previous book,

The Man in the Black Coat Turns

(1981); indeed, the two books are specifically connected, as is made explicit by the fact that “Fifty Males Sitting Together”, the first poem in


, is a revision of one of the last poems in

Black Coat

. Thus, if in

Black Coat

Bly collected poems that grew naturally out of his work with “men's groups” and that stressed “male consciousness”, in


he collected poems that grew out of his work with “women's groups” and that have to do with “female consciousness”. Not surprisingly – especially because these are “love poems”, and because of Bly's use of blatantly sexual imagery in many of them – this book met with considerable…

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Citation: Davis, William V.. "Loving a Woman in Two Worlds". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 05 November 2001 [, accessed 29 February 2024.]

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