Revisiting Iron John: A Five Part Online Exploration of Authentic Masculinity for Today
In 1990, Robert Bly’s book Iron John: A Book About Men ignited a generation of men towards what would become known as the mythopoetic men’s movement. Suddenly, men (at least in Western culture) had a map to their inner landscape and their outer experience. The exploration of a German fairy tale, alongside poetry and ritual, offered a pathway into the realm of soul work – and the book has continued to touched millions of men around the world.
In 2022, the spiral has come around as a new generation discovers Iron John alongside an urgent crisis of masculinity. What might Iron John offer in the era of COVID, the #metoo movement, AI, post-truth, multi-generational trauma, and biospheric breakdown? Join Ian MacKenzie, host of The Mythic Masculine podcast, for this five part online exploration of authentic masculinity by way of a return to the tale. Ian will be joined by a number of special guests to discover once again the mythic ground of possibility for men amidst the peril.