Reclaiming Male Role Models

RMRM 014 | Robert Smyth | Poetry, Mythology, and Men’s Work

Robert Smyth

[Listen on iTunes]

ROBERT B. SMYTH believes that stories are what make life, the world, and ourselves unfold. For 25+ years, he ran Yellow Moon Press, an independent publishing company, whose focus was the oral tradition as it relates to storytelling, poetry and music. His love of story drew him to the mythopoetic men’s work of Robert Bly, Michael Meade, James Hillman, John Stokes, and others as an organizer of numerous events where men explored and nurtured themselves with folktales, poems, and personal reflection. In his interview, he shares stories and poems that have revealed the world to him.

In this episode we talk about:

  • Robert’s journey into the mytho-poetic men’s work world of the 70’s and 80’s.
  • The power of poetry to transform our relationships – to ourselves AND to others.
  • What it means to be a man in the world without being that stereotypical dominant male.
  • The importance of family lineage, and finding the grave of his great, great, great grandfather.

Quotes from this episode:

  • “The demons don’t go away, but you learn what they are, what they’re about, and how to talk to them… because they’re there because they’ve been ignored, and they need to be talked to just like you talk to a good friend if they’re having trouble to understand what’s going on.”
  • “I was in boarding school and I had a couple of teacher that started to teach poetry, and it started to help me explain and understand and explore my feelings, my approach, my interaction with the world and with others.”

Resources from this episode: