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Hardcover, 81 pages
Published June 1969 by Scribner
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Apr 28, 2015 Matthew rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, poetry
Why the echo of
the old music
haunting all? Why

the lift and fall
of the old rhythms,
and aches and pains.

Why one, why two,
why not go utterly
away from all of it.
- Such Strangeness of Mind

PIECES heralds the arrival of the style for which Creeley will be recognized. Relentless fragmentation lends the collection its title, PIECES. The first collection to prominently feature the style and formal innovation for which the poet is known. Indeed, the relentless fragmentation is a departure from Creeley's ear
Mar 16, 2010 Adam rated it it was amazing

my first

I don't like prose poems / prose in poetry except by Ashbery and Coolidge though.

Other than the prose insertions, yeah. Back and forth between mundane observations and little riddles. Well-built little stanzas, some interesting syntactical syncope/hyphen/hiatus, kind of fun to quasi-skim: his language is like little machines; like the language is complex little figures made of glass that he's passing through his mouth, turning around with his tongue, so delicately that there isn't ev
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Jul 29, 2015 Stella Wang rated it liked it
It is a quick read! I especially love the 'Number' poems. His words can be confusing sometimes but generally it is a good read.
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May 07, 2008 Spencer Mcgrath rated it it was amazing
If you're a Creeley fan (and you should be) you need to get your hands on an interview with Creeley by Bill Spanos from 1972 that was published in Boundary2 in '72 or '73. Spanos' reading of Creeley's poetry and its occasion<-i> is with - interest.
Jul 11, 2011 AlexWatson rated it it was amazing
Classic of 60s American poetry, always good to return to this book, nice typography! As a bonus it's also easier to hunt down than other stray stuff.
Mar 27, 2010 Andrew rated it it was amazing
Never owned this in the original edition, only in a collected poems anthology. So nice to have these books in their original formats.
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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 ...more
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