SONS AND MOTHERS:
HOW THE RELATIONSHIP HAS CHANGED
IN THE LAST THIRTY YEARS

ROBERT BLY and JOHN LEE
TOGETHER IN A UNIQUE NEW YORK APPEARANCE

 

WHAT AND WHEN:

AN EVENING FOR BOTH MEN AND WOMEN (WITH RUTH BLY):
Friday Evening, March 17, 1995 7:30 10:30 pm. This evening, we will explore what Freud did not foresee. The disappearance of strong fathers and a mood of indulgence pervading the culture have placed special burdens on the mother. Some sons do not arrive at the Oedipal stage at all. What do such sons look like? What part do men play in helping such sons? What options do mothers have? And what is the new story that may describe our present situation more accurately than the Oedipal tale?

TWO DAYS FOR MEN:
Saturday, March 18, 1995 9:30 5:00 pm. .Sunday, March 19, 1995 9:30 5:00 pm. During these two days, John Lee and Robert Bly will deepen their exploration of the new story and help us experience what they see. They will concentrate on the various new situations arising when sons are more closely bound to the mother than they were in the past. For some of these sons, the Oedipal phase does not happen. What can fathers do about this? What are the further implications of the new story Robert and John are suggesting as the replacement for the Oedipal story? Bring stories, poems, angers, and gratitudes.


SONS AND MOTHERS
ROBERT BLY AND JOHN LEE

Anyone who's had a contact with Men's Work during the last few years must know how excited we are to be presenting ROBERT BLY and JOHN LEE together, with the lovely addition of RUTH BLY on Friday Evening!

ROBERT BLY is the poet and writer author of IRON JOHN, where it all began for many of us. The latest of his many books of poetry is MEDITATIONS ON THE INSATIABLE SOUL.

JOHN LEE is a pioneer speaker in the Recovery Movement and a central figure in Men's Work. He is author of FLYING BOY and FLYING BOY II, also a beginning for many of us. His latest is WRITING FROM THE BODY.

RUTH BLY is a therapist and writer in her own right. She has spoken at many conferences on mythology and psychology.

Before he published IRON JOHN in 1990, Robert explored the story's implications for our relationships to our fathers with groups of men over several years. If you were fortunate enough to attend one of those workshops (as I was in 1988), you probably won't ever forget how exciting, revealing, and utterly unique the experience was.

And now Robert and John are in the creative moment of discovering and exploring a new story, taken from Indian Mythology, concerning our relations to our mothers!

I pledged to myself when we began OTCG that I would never subject you to the dishonest hype that's at the heart of so much advertising. So I'm a little self conscious about how I'm talking about this event: But, the truth is, I can hardly contain myself.

Here's a chance to hear Robert and John together! ... and to catch them at the very beginning of their exploration with us of a whole new story! As I see it, if you've heard them often, you won't want to miss this. And if you've never heard them, you won't want to miss this!

I hope this workshop may be for you, what 1988 was for me: the beginning of a whole new world.

John Guarnaschelli

 


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