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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Robert Creeley Poems
A Form Of Women
I have come far enough from where I was not before to have seen the things looking in at me from through the open door
Seeing is believing. Whatever was thought or said, these persistent, inexorable deaths
All night the sound had come back again, and again falls this quite, persistent rain.
I Know A Man
As I sd to my friend, because I am always talking,--John, I
America, you ode for reality! Give back the people you took. Let the sun shine again
I approach with such a careful tremor, always I feel the finally foolish
The words are a beautiful music. The words bounce like in water. Water music,
Whereas the man who hits the gong dis- proves it, in all its simplicity --
You send me your poems, I'll send you mine. Things tend to awaken
for Mark Peters Not just nothing, Not there's no answer,
Looking to the sea, it is a line of unbroken mountains. It is the sky.
My love's manners in bed are not to be discussed by me, as mine by her I would not credit comment upon gracefully.
For love-I would split open your head and put a candle in behind the eyes.
The thing comes of itself (Look up
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A Form Of Women
I have come far enough
from where I was not before
to have seen the things
looking in at me from through the open door
and have walked tonight
to see the moonlight
and see it as trees
and shapes more fearful
because I feared
what I did not know
but have wanted to know.
My facd is my own, I thought.
But you have seen it
turn into a thousand years.
I watched you cry.
I could not touch you.
I wanted very much to
but could not.
If it is dark
when this is given to you,
have care for its ...