Robert Creeley

(1926-2005 / United States)

Quotations

  • ''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 California Press.
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  • ''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 Press.
  • ''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, getting up or going to bed or sitting only.''
    Robert Creeley (b. 1926), U.S. poet. Ballad of the Despairing Husband (l. 40-43). . . The Collected Poems of Robert Creeley, 1945-1975 (1982) University of California Press.
  • ''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) University of California Press.
  • ''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) University of California Press.
  • ''My wife and I lived all alone,
    contention was our only bone.
    I fought with her, she fought with me,
    and things went on right merrily.''
    Robert Creeley (b. 1926), U.S. poet. Ballad of the Despairing Husband (l. 1-4). . . The Collected Poems of Robert Creeley, 1945-1975 (1982) University of California Press.
  • ''Dead. Died. Will die. Want.
    Morning, midnight. I asked you

    if you were going to get a pet
    what kind of animal would you get.''
    Robert Creeley (b. 1926), U.S. poet. If You (l. 13-16). . . The Collected Poems of Robert Creeley, 1945-1975 (1982) University of California Press.
  • ''shall we &
    why not, buy a goddamn big car,

    drive, he sd, for
    christ's sake, look
    out where yr going.''
    Robert Creeley (b. 1926), U.S. poet. I Know a Man (l. 8-12). . . The Collected Poems of Robert Creeley, 1945-1975 (1982) University of California Press.
  • ''I will go to the garden.
    I will be a romantic. I will sell
    myself in hell,
    in heaven also I will be.''
    Robert Creeley (b. 1926), U.S. poet. The Door (l. 77-80). . . The Collected Poems of Robert Creeley, 1945-1975 (1982) University of California Press.
  • ''Mighty magic is a mother,
    in her there is another issue
    of fixture, repeated form, the race renewal,
    the charge of the command.''
    Robert Creeley (b. 1926), U.S. poet. The Door (l. 25-28). . . The Collected Poems of Robert Creeley, 1945-1975 (1982) University of California Press.

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The Carnival

Whereas the man who hits
the gong dis-
proves it, in all its
simplicity --

Even so the attempt
makes for triumph, in
another man.

Likewise in love I
am not foolish or in-
competent. My method is not a

tenderness, but hope
defined.

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