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Here, in a new selection of 200 poems from five decades, is the distinctive voice of Robert Creeley, reminding us of what has made him one of the most important and affectionately regarded poets of our time.
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Overview


Here, in a new selection of 200 poems from five decades, is the distinctive voice of Robert Creeley, reminding us of what has made him one of the most important and affectionately regarded poets of our time.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Creeley, poet laureate of New York State, constantly gauges what it means to be human, in poems that cope with the rush of memories, the chaos of dreams, the sudden flare of feelings. His mercurial verses on love and life's vicissitudes respond instinctively to our innate but half-articulated need for roots, familial, social and spiritual. There is a deep strain of pessimism in a poet who proclaims ``both men and women cold / hold at last to no one / die alone.'' From the pared-down, pure diction of ``For Love'' to the recent complex thought-experiments of ``Memory Gardens'' and ``Windows,'' this gathering of 200 poems charts the trajectory of a poet who delights in words and remains true to self. (June)
Library Journal
Creeley offers a "uniquely cubist perspective, at once abstracting and distancing" Memory Gardens, LJ 4/1/96.
Booknews
Reading this lovely new selection of 200 poems from over four decades, it's hard to remember how revolutionary it once seemed--the uninflected voice, the (deceptively) casual line, the restrained (and thereby enhanced) emotionality, the large theme revealed in a small setting. Creeley looks more and more like the greatest poet of his generation. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520069367
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 3/19/1996
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 366
  • Sales rank: 498,465
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author


Robert Creeley (1926-2005) was Poet Laureate of the State of New York. He was the author of many individual books of poetry and several collections published by the University of California Press: The Collected Poems of Robert Creeley, 1945-75 (1982), The Collected Prose of Robert Creeley (1988), and The Collected Essays of Robert Creeley (l989).
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