Robert Creeley

(1926-2005 / United States)

Robert Creeley
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Robert Creeley (May 21, 1926 – March 30, 2005) 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. In 1991, he joined colleagues Susan Howe, Charles Bernstein, Raymond Federman, Robert Bertholf, and Dennis Tedlock in founding the Poetics Program at Buffalo. Creeley lived in Waldoboro, Maine, Buffalo, New York, and Providence, Rhode Island where he taught at Brown ... more »

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  • ''Comes the time when it's later
    and onto your table the headwaiter
    puts the bill,''
    Robert Creeley (b. 1926), U.S. poet. A Wicker Basket (l. 1-3). . . The Collected Poems of Robert Creeley, 1945-1975 (1982) University of Californi...
  • ''There are very huge stars, man, in the sky,''
    Robert Creeley (b. 1926), U.S. poet. A Wicker Basket (l. 21). . . The Collected Poems of Robert Creeley, 1945-1975 (1982) University of California...
  • Oh lovely lady, morning or evening or afternoon.
    Oh lovely lady, eating with or without a spoon.
    Oh most lovely lady, whether dressed or undressed or partly.
    Oh most lovely lady, ...
    Robert Creeley (b. 1926), U.S. poet. Ballad of the Despairing Husband (l. 40-43). . . The Collected Poems of Robert Creeley, 1945-1975 (1982) Univ...
  • ''And I will wear what dresses I choose!
    And I will dance, and what's to lose!
    I'm free of you, you little prick,
    and I'm the one can make it stick.''
    Robert Creeley (b. 1926), U.S. poet. Ballad of the Despairing Husband (l. 29-32). . . The Collected Poems of Robert Creeley, 1945-1975 (1982) Univ...
  • ''Oh come home soon, I write to her.
    Go screw yourself, is her answer.
    Now what is that, for Christian word?
    I hope she feeds on dried goose turd.''
    Robert Creeley (b. 1926), U.S. poet. Ballad of the Despairing Husband (l. 9-12). . . The Collected Poems of Robert Creeley, 1945-1975 (1982) Unive...
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