Friday, June 22, 2012
Poetry Reading by Robert Bly
One of the more unusual performances in the Friends of the Scranton Public Library Poetry Series was by Robert Bly on November 10, 1985. Not content to merely read his work, Bly incorporated his own lute playing and a classical Indian dance performance by Neena Gulati. At around 6:28 Bly asks "David" for a Kleenex. This would be David Elliott, Professor of English at Keystone College and one of the driving forces behind the series. Mr. Bly, wanting to be clean- shaven for his reading, had apparently cut himself and was not fully healed by the time he reached the podium. Please note that Mr. Bly's performance, due to its length, is split into Part One and Part Two.