Just in Time: Poems, 1984-1994

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Just in Time: Poems 1984-1994 continues the consolidation of Robert Creeley's later work begun with So There: Poems 1976-83 (1998). Just in Time combines Memory Gardens (1986), Windows (1990), and Echoes (1994) in a volume that further validates the Lifetime Achievement Awards conferred on Creeley by the Before Columbus Foundation in 2000 and the Lannan Foundation in 2001.
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Just in Time: Poems 1984-1994 continues the consolidation of Robert Creeley's later work begun with So There: Poems 1976-83 (1998). Just in Time combines Memory Gardens (1986), Windows (1990), and Echoes (1994) in a volume that further validates the Lifetime Achievement Awards conferred on Creeley by the Before Columbus Foundation in 2000 and the Lannan Foundation in 2001.
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Editorial Reviews

Joyce Carol Oates
Creeley is absolutely mesmerizing in his ability to suspend and to define the passage of thought... —The New Republic
Tom Clark
His is a voice of the everyday struggle of the inner life: quiet, sometimes troubled, ultimately to be trusted. —The San Francisco Chronicle
From The Critics
Prefaced by two excellent 1995 interviews with Charles Bernstein, this collection presents Creeley's signature verbal intensity and impassioned yearning for authentic experience. The author's comforting, bebop inner voice chatters away insistently, harmonizing and connecting moment with moment, like a Charlie Parker solo. Aging has changed the focus of the familiar subjects to whom the seventy-five-year-old Creeley continuously returns; the pleasant influence of narrative and memory has been more evident in his work since the mid-'80s. Above all else, the poems in this book remind us of Creeley's love of language.
—Stephen Whited
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811214872
  • Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 9/1/1901
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.32 (w) x 7.92 (h) x 0.82 (d)

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Chapter One


    HEAVEN KNOWS


Seemingly never until one's dead
is there possible measure—
but of what then or for what
other than the same plagues
attended the living with misunderstanding
and wanted a compromise as pledge
one could care for any of them
heaven knows, if that's where one goes.


    FORTY


The forthright, good-natured faith
of man hung on crane up
forty stories with roof scaffolding
burning below him forty feet,
good warm face, black hair,
confidence. He said, when
the firemen appeared, he said
I'm glad to see you,
glad not to be there alone.
How old? Thirty, thirty-five?
He has friends to believe in,
those who love him.


    OUT


Within pitiless
indifference
things left
out.


    NEW ENGLAND


Work, Christian, work!
Love's labors before you go
carrying lights like the
stars are all out and
tonight is the night.


    TOO LATE


You tried to answer the questions attractively,
your name, your particularinterests,
what you hoped life would prove,
what you owned and had with you,
your so-called billfold an umbilical,
useless, to the sack you'd carried
all your sad life, all your vulnerability,
but couldn't hide, couldn't now say,
brown hair, brown eyes, steady,
I think I love you.


    ROOM


Quick stutters of incidental
passage going back
and forth, quick
breaks of pattern, slices
of the meat, two
rotten tomatoes, an incidental
snowstorm, death, a girl
that looks like you later
than these leaves of
grass, trees, birds, under
water, empty passageway,
and no way back.


    HOTEL

It isn't in the world of
fragile relationships
or memories, nothing
you could have brought with you.
It's snowing in Toronto.
It's four-thirty, a winter evening,
and the tv looks like a faded
hailstorm. The people
you know are down the hall,
maybe, but you're tired,
you're alone, and that's happy.
Give up and lie down.


    ECHO

Pushing out from
this insistent
time makes
all of it
empty, again
memory.


    EARTH

And as the world is flat or round
out over those difficult dispositions
of actual water, actual earth,
each thing invariable, specific,
I think no rock's hardness,
call on none to gainsay me,
be only here as and forever
each and every thing is.

Cook & Peary
The Polar Controversy, Resolved


By Robert M. Bryce

STACKPOLE BOOKS

Copyright © 1997 Robert M. Bryce. All rights reserved.
TAILER

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Table of Contents

Preface: Conversations with Charles Bernstein 1
Memory Gardens 33
Windows 91
Echoes 205
Index 295
Acknowledgments 305
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