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Echoes

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In his new collection of poems, Robert Creeley continues to explore the limits and resonances, public and personal, of age. Indeed, the title itself, Echoes, recurs throughout his poetry of the last two decades. Thus "Sonnets" speaks out against the waste of human violence and dogmatism ("Come round again the banal/belligerence almost a/flatulent echo of times"), while the ...more
Hardcover, 116 pages
Published April 1st 1994 by New Directions Publishing Corporation (first published January 1st 1982)
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Willow Redd
Mar 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Creeley was another poet I was fortunate to meet while I was attending UNCW back in 2005. He was the guest writer that year for the Writing Department's Writer's Week. I got the chance to see him speak and picked up this and another book from him. This one he signed.

Here we have a collection of his poetry, much of which focuses on word play, which I love. My favorite piece from this book is the Coda found at the end, called "Roman Sketchbook."

A good collection.
Gin Kanges
May 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
a great writer-great poems. The book opens with a quotation of a S.T. Coleridge piece. The poet writes of colors and more. R. Creeley is held back by what our language can only do or limits him to do.
Matthew
Apr 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
TRANSLATION


You have all the time been
here if not seen, not thought
of as present, for when I
looked I saw nothing, when
I looked again, you had
returned. This echo, sweet
spring, makes a human sound
you have no need of, facts
so precede, but you hear, you
hear it, must feel the intent
wetness, mushy. I melt again
into your ample presence.

* * *

ECHO


Entire memory
hangs tree
in mind to see
a bird be -

bu now puts stutter
to work, shutters
the windows, shudders,
sits and mutters -

because can't
go back, still
can't get
o
...more
James
Dec 22, 2013 rated it did not like it
I finished this today, but I neither understood nor enjoyed it. I didn’t even like Creeley’s line breaks. This was a shame, since I have enjoyed some of his other books.
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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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