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Renowned Minnesota Poet Robert Bly, dead at 94

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CORRECTS AGE TO 94 INSTEAD OF 95 – FILE – Robert Bly speaks during an interview, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2008, in Minneapolis. Bly, one of the most prominent American poets of the last half century and author of the best-selling men’s movement classic “Iron John,” has died. He was 94. His daughter, Mary Bly, said her father died Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021, at his home on Minneapolis after suffering from dementia for 14 years. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

The writer made his name penning poems about rural Minnesota, teaching men how to express real deep emotions.

The National Book Award-winning poet died at his Minneapolis home, just a month shy of his 95th birthday.

By his side was most of his family and loved ones.

“He had no pain,” said his daughter Mary Bly.

Bly was born on the family farm in Madison. Minnesota, on Dec, 23. 1926, one of two sons of Jacob and Alice Bly.

He attended St, Olaf College for a year before transferring to Harvard, where he studied under Archibald MacLeish and was part of a writers group.

After college he spent four years writing in New York City.

” I wanted to be a playwright, and wrote a play called “Martin Luther.” The trouble was that no one in my family talked,” he told the Paris Review.

Bly served as Minnesota’s first poet laureate from 2008 to 2011, won the McKnight Foundation Distinguished Artist Award in 2000.

The poet has deep roots in Minnesota and will truly be missed.

His wife Ruth Bly said, the funeral services will be private. Instead of sending flowers, the family requests donations to favorite poetry association.