Robert Creeley

Robert Creeley

in Arlington, Massachusetts, The United States
May 21, 1926

March 30, 2005


Robert Creeley was an American poet and author of more than sixty books. He is usually associated with the Black Mountain poets, though his verse aesthetic diverged from that school's. He was close with Charles Olson, Robert Duncan, Allen Ginsberg, John Wieners and Ed Dorn. He served as the Samuel P. Capen Professor of Poetry and the Humanities at State University of New York at Buffalo, and lived in Waldoboro, Maine, Buffalo, New York and Providence, Rhode Island, where he taught at Brown University. He was a recipient of the Lannan Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award, and was much beloved as a generous presence in many poets' lives.

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The Collected Poems, 1945-1975

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Selected Poems of Robert Cr...

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For Love

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The Collected Poems, 1975-2005

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Life and Death

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Selected Poems, 1945–2005

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On Earth

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The Best American Poetry 2002

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More books by Robert Creeley…
“Love, if you love me,
lie next to me.
Be for me, like rain,
the getting out

of the tiredness, the fatuousness, the semi-
lust of intentional indifference.
Be wet
with a decent happiness. ”
Robert Creeley

“I know this body is impatient.
I know I constitute only a meager voice and mind.
Yet I loved, I love.
I want no sentimentality.
I want no more than home.”
Robert Creeley

“Moon, moon,
when you leave me alone
all the darkness is
an utter blackness,

a pit of fear,
a stench,
hands unreasonable
never to touch.

But I love you.
Do you love me.
What to say
when you see me.”
Robert Creeley, Selected Poems of Robert Creeley

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