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Selected Poems, 1945–2005

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This new, compact Selected Poems offers for the first time a balanced survey of Robert Creeley's entire sixty years of poetic accomplishment. It showcases the works that made him one of the most beloved and significant writers of the past century while inviting a new recognition of his enduring commitments, fluency, and power.
Paperback, 360 pages
Published January 28th 2008 by University of California Press (first published January 1st 2007)
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McKenzie Lynn Tozan
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“Silence, silence… which is in me / like a hill”: Lessons to be taken from Robert Creeley

Admittedly, whenever I sit down to read “one of the greats” for the first time, my inner-skeptic finds her way out and asks, “What’s with all the hype?” I ask this question not for the sake of propelling myself forward, or of devaluing late-writers, but for the sake of asking what contemporary writers should be taking from their predecessors. Especially the ones widely marked as “great.”

While I like to see
Oct 19, 2012 Tyler rated it really liked it
How tackle Creeley's 5 decade writing career? As would be expected, there are ups and downs. I lean more toward his earlier stuff--from For Love, Words, and Pieces--but I like most of it. Toward the end, there are bits of grandpa-ness which I wasn't as crazy about--writing about his body failing, getting old, etc. But overall, what kept me going was the tension and torque of his work on the line, which, I think, is unmatched by any other poet writing in the American lang-wedge.

Here's a great li
Michael Vagnetti
Oct 02, 2011 Michael Vagnetti rated it liked it
I expected to have more of a taste for these poems' features: one- or two-word lines, simple unto themselves. They lacked finish, as they say in the wine world; sinewy, but casual instead of wild and booming. The prosody arbitrary, the lexicon and content familiar.
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Reading Creeley makes getting back into poetry easy. I sense a resurgence of Black Mountain College fantasies coming on...
Aug 09, 2010 Laura rated it it was amazing
i can't take all of robert creeley, but when he's good, he's so good. sometimes diet creeley is enough.
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"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."
Feb 28, 2008 Russ rated it it was amazing
This is the perfect companion to Creeley's first selected poems released in 1991.
Highly recommended as a portable companion
and a great way to introduce Him to new readers.

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A favorite poet. Very zen.
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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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