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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  92 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Robert Creeley, one of the most significant American poets of the twentieth century, helped define an emerging counter-tradition to the prevailing literary establishment—a postwar poetry originating with Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, and Louis Zukofsky and expanding through the lives and works of Charles Olson, Robert Duncan, Allen Ginsberg, Denise Levertov, and oth ...more
Hardcover, 100 pages
Published April 17th 2006 by University of California Press (first published March 18th 2006)
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Not a particularly strong book, but if I was to list two strengths of Creeley's posthumously collected final work, I would list some chosen excerpts from his essay on Walt Whitman, "Reflections on Whitman in Age" (below), and the following poem, "Wish":

I am
transformed into a clam.

I will
be very, very still.

So natural be,
and never 'me'

alone so far from home
a stone

would end it all
but for the tall

enduring tree,
the sea,

the sky
and I.


Creeley on his life (in poetry) and of his searching Whitman's la
Leia Penina
When age becomes the body, I think is the idea that controls these poems. I wanted to like it but I couldn't--his early poems are so much more than this last book. Sadness.
Garrett Dunnington
Phenomenal, demiturgic, visionary. A deep reflection of american beauty and always in reference to Whitman.
Derek Emerson
I've always enjoyed Creeley's sparse, clear poetry, but this book was too uneven. It was put together after his death, which is always a debatable exercise. Many reflections on aging and at times he slips with lines such as "Life is like a river. A river with beginning or end" found in same poem (A Full Cup) which includes small gems: "What I did, I did finally because I had to/whether from need of my own or that of others,/It is finally impossible to live and work only for pay." I would direct ...more
This book was haunting, sad, and beautiful book of poems and an essay. There is a touching afterward written by Penelope Creeley, who I believe was his wife. She starts the acknowledgements page with "Robert died at sunrise on March 20,2005, in Odessa, Texas."
See my review of this book in Magill Book Reviews as carried by EBSCO / Academic Search Premier. (by Margaret A. Dodson)
Not my thing. The essay on Whitman was very interesting, though.
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This is the poetry of the man that changed what poetry is--
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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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