Picture of author.

Robert Creeley (1926–2005)

Author of The Collected Poems of Robert Creeley, 1945-1975

145+ Works 2,210 Members 12 Reviews 18 Favorited

About the Author

Robert Creeley was born in Arlington, Massachusetts, on May 21, 1926. He attended Harvard University and served in the American Field Service in India and Burma during World War II. In 1960, he received a Master's Degree from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. He taught at Black Mountain show more College, an experimental arts college in North Carolina, and was the editor of the Black Mountain Review. During his lifetime, he published more than sixty books of poetry including For Love: Poems 1950-1960, The Finger, Later, Mirrors, Memory Gardens, Echoes, Life and Death, and If I Were Writing This. In 1960, he won the Levinson Prize for a group of 10 poems published in Black Mountain Review. He also won the Shelley Memorial Award in 1981, the Frost Medal in 1987, and the Lannan Lifetime Achievement Award. He served as New York State Poet Laureate from 1989 to 1991. He also wrote the novel The Island and a collection of short stories entitled The Gold Diggers. He edited several books including Charles Olson's Selected Poems, The Essential Burns, and Whitman: Selected Poems. He taught English at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He died on March 30, 2005 at the age of 78. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
Image credit: Photo credit: Chris Felver

Series

Works by Robert Creeley

The Best American Poetry 2002 (2002) — Editor — 182 copies
Selected Poems (1976) 177 copies
Life & Death (1993) 79 copies
Selected Poems, 1945-2005 (2008) 66 copies
Words; poems (1967) 58 copies
New American Story (1962) — Editor — 48 copies
Pieces (1969) 46 copies
The Island (1963) 46 copies
A day book (1972) 46 copies
Windows (1988) 38 copies
If I were writing this (2003) 36 copies
The Charm (1967) 31 copies
Echoes (1982) 30 copies
Memory Gardens (1986) 27 copies
Later (1978) 24 copies
Thirty Things (1974) 22 copies
Presences (1976) 20 copies
Mirrors (1983) 18 copies
1234567890 (1971) 15 copies
The New Writing in the USA (1967) — Editor — 15 copies
Away (1976) 13 copies
Poems, 1950-65 (1966) 13 copies
Day Book of a Virtual Poet (1998) 12 copies
Listen (1972) 8 copies
The Company (1988) 8 copies
The Finger (1970) 6 copies
A Form of Women (1959) 6 copies
Selected Poems, 1945-90 (1991) 5 copies
St. Martin's (1971) 4 copies
Yesterdays (2002) 4 copies
Memories (1984) 3 copies
Pedazos (2010) 3 copies
The Whip 3 copies
Le Fou (1952) 2 copies
GNOMIC VERSES (1991) 2 copies
His Idea (1973) 2 copies
En la tierra 2 copies
The Class of '47 (SC) (1973) 2 copies
en famille 2 copies
Robert Creeley Reads (1967) 2 copies
For Friends 2 copies
A Poetry Anthology (1992) 2 copies
Places (1990) 2 copies
Die Goldgräber (1992) 2 copies
Short Story 3 (1960) 2 copies
Ask Için (2021) 2 copies
Calendar (1984) 2 copies
Gedichte (1988) 1 copy
Per amore 1 copy
Gedichte 1 copy
Autobiografia (2005) 1 copy
Black Mountain Review (1988) 1 copy
Là: Poèmes 1968-1975 (2010) 1 copy
Variace 1 copy
Corn Close. 1 copy
Have a Heart (1990) 1 copy
Whitman 1 copy
Mother's Voice (1981) 1 copy
Waterworks 1 copy
Myself 1 copy
Desultory days (1978) 1 copy
LILT 1 copy
For Joel 1 copy
Way Poem 1 copy
Numbers 1 copy
If You 1 copy
Distance 1 copy
SPARROW 14: Inside Out (1973) 1 copy

Associated Works

The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms (2000) — Contributor — 1,262 copies
Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama (1995) — Contributor, some editions — 918 copies
The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Poetry (1990) — Contributor — 753 copies
A Pocket Book of Modern Verse (1954) — Contributor, some editions — 443 copies
The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart: A Poetry Anthology (1992) — Contributor — 391 copies
Contemporary American Poetry (1962) — Contributor, some editions — 385 copies
The New American Poetry 1945-1960 (1960) — Contributor — 319 copies
The Best American Poetry 2001 (2001) — Contributor — 223 copies
The Best American Poetry 1999 (1999) — Contributor — 208 copies
The Best American Poetry 1997 (1997) — Contributor — 167 copies
The Best American Poetry 2007 (2007) — Contributor — 166 copies
The Best American Poetry 1992 (1992) — Contributor — 102 copies
The Spoken Word Revolution Redux (2007) — Contributor — 84 copies
Splendide-Hôtel (1973) — Afterword, some editions — 83 copies
Gods and Mortals: Modern Poems on Classical Myths (1684) — Contributor — 69 copies
Poetry of Witness: The Tradition in English, 1500-2001 (2014) — Contributor — 42 copies
William Carlos Williams: A Collection of Critical Essays (1966) — Contributor, some editions — 22 copies
Story to Anti-Story (1979) — Contributor — 13 copies
unmuzzled ox 13 — Contributor — 7 copies
Big Table 3 (1959) — Contributor — 6 copies
Evergreen Review No. 20 (1961) — Contributor — 5 copies
Peace or perish : a crisis anthology — Contributor — 3 copies
Fire Exit 3 — Contributor — 1 copy
Vort #4, Fall 1973 — Contributor — 1 copy
L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E, Number 7, (Vol. 2, No. 1) — Contributor — 1 copy
Wild Dog #17 — Contributor — 1 copy
Origin, Second Series, No. 6, July 1962 — Contributor — 1 copy
Niagara Frontier Review, Summer 1964 — Contributor — 1 copy
Accurate Key (2003) 1 copy
Sarasota Review (2000) — Contributor — 1 copy

Tagged

Common Knowledge

Members

Reviews

Published on the occasion of the exhibition of the exhibition 'R. B. Kitaj. Pictures - Bilder' at the Marlborough Fine Art Gallery, London, April - June 1977, and Marlborough Galerie, Zürich, June - July 1977.
Catalogue of 46 paintings, pastels and drawings and 1 etching, 1962-1977. Introduction, "Ecce Homo" by the poet Robert Creeley.
 
Flagged
petervanbeveren | Mar 28, 2023 |
My face is my own, I thought.
But you have seen it
turn into a thousand years.
I watched you cry.


I have known stress as of late. It rents my slumber. It distracts my reading eye. I only want malty Oktoberfest and Godard. I settle for pizza. Compromise. Sated. Sad.

There's a scarred security in this collection. Friendships and warm contact are a currency in a vague, steeled world of toil. There's still something possibly American at play, a tattered optimism.

Time is ever elusive. There's a posture to be pursued, a wind-tousled hilltop tree or a violin concerto on an alarm clock radio.… (more)
 
Flagged
jonfaith | Feb 22, 2019 |
Impulses stir
To write a review
Using
The clipped,
Broken

What use is such unfinished verse, what does matter with coffee breath, a taillight out and a strange dream about a girl once dated?

Bobbie--take me away, perhaps to Indiana. Jon just read these poems, purchased last week in Syracuse. The elegy for the author's mother bruised me. I can't admit to similar damage elsewhere in the collection. Somehow this Bobbie onetime muse of Creeley eases into the sidelong, a refrain echoes rainfall and a tossed comment bleeds detail. The reader is free to ponder and unlace.… (more)
 
Flagged
jonfaith | 2 other reviews | Feb 22, 2019 |
He tried the sweet,
the gentle, the "oh,
let's hold hands together "
and it was awful,
dull, brutally inconsequential.


Terse flickers, fading images grasped momentarily on a crazy warm Sunday morning. I was looking for a torque but found instead a respectable patience. Very William Carlos Williams.
 
Flagged
jonfaith | Feb 22, 2019 |

Lists

Beat (1)

Awards

You May Also Like

Associated Authors

David Lehman Series Editor
Gene Frumkin Contributor
Diane DiPrima Contributor
Theodore Enslin Contributor
Jackson Mac Low Contributor
Ruth Danon Contributor
Peter Cooley Contributor
T. Alan Broughton Contributor
Jenny Boully Contributor
Amiri Baraka Contributor
Ira Sadoff Contributor
Duncan McNaughton Contributor
John Taggart Contributor
Philip Metres Contributor
Lewis Warsh Contributor
Charles North Contributor
Sam Truitt Contributor
Bill Kushner Contributor
Joseph Lease Contributor
Corinne Robins Contributor
D. Nurkse Contributor
Jena Osman Contributor
Hugh Seidman Contributor
Everett Hoagland Contributor
Nathan Whiting Contributor
Jeffrey Franklin Contributor
Steve Malmude Contributor
Mộng-Lan, Contributor
Sarah Manguso Contributor
Clark Coolidge Contributor
Juliana Spahr Contributor
Clayton Eshleman Contributor
Louise Glück Contributor
Maggie Nelson Contributor
Carl Phillips Contributor
Ronald Johnson Contributor
Sharon Olds Contributor
George Oppen Contributor
Fanny Howe Contributor
Frank Bidart Contributor
Elizabeth Robinson Contributor
W. S. Merwin Contributor
Ron Silliman Contributor
Eileen Myles Contributor
Alice Notley Contributor
Charles Bernstein Contributor
Tom Clark Contributor
Maxine Kumin Contributor
Albert Goldbarth Contributor
Nathaniel Mackey Contributor
John Yau Contributor
Charles Wright Contributor
Dale Smith Contributor
Jennifer Moxley Contributor
Reginald Shepherd Contributor
Anselm Berrigan Contributor
Michael S. Harper Contributor
Elaine Equi Contributor
Pam Rehm Contributor
John Ashbery Contributor
Norman Finkelstein Contributor
Dara Wier Contributor
Jean Valentine Contributor
Timothy Liu Contributor
Michael Burkard Contributor
Peter Gizzi Contributor
Anne Carson Contributor
Rae Armantrout Contributor
Donald Hall Contributor
Adrienne Rich Contributor
Gustaf Sobin Contributor
Forrest Gander Contributor
Harry Mathews Contributor
Michael Rumaker Contributor
John Rechy Contributor
Amiri Baraka Contributor
Hubert Jr. Selby Contributor
Douglas Woolf Contributor
Warren Tallman Introduction
Edward Dorn Contributor
William Eastlake Contributor
Jack Kerouac Contributor
John Sewell Cover designer

Statistics

Works
145
Also by
39
Members
2,210
Popularity
#11,601
Rating
3.9
Reviews
12
ISBNs
158
Languages
5
Favorited
18

Charts & Graphs