- Paperback: 338 pages
- Publisher: University of California Press; 1st edition (January 28, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0520251962
- ISBN-13: 978-0520251960
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
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Selected Poems of Robert Creeley, 1945–2005 1st Edition
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A true iconoclast, Creeley was one of the last defending stalwarts of outsider poets, from the Black Mountain School to the beats, the deep imagists, the language poets, and even the performance poets. Editor Friedlander has done a masterful job assembling the best of 50 years of poetry. “Particularity, commonality, language, and person: these are the principal terms of Robert Creeley’s art, a sixty-year inquiry into the nature of experience,” writes Friedlander in his comprehensive introduction, which includes reproductions of handwritten poetry drafts, original versions of typed poems, art, and family pictures. The poems, many of which smack of a William Carlos Williams’ influence, are brief, emotionally charged, and lyrical, using ordinary language in short, breathy lines. Creeley’s poetry comprises distilled revelation, with his voice and personal experience present throughout. This well-chosen selected collection is full of subtle, almost hesitant oppositional poems, rather than confessional narratives, adding up to a distinguished posthumous release that will keep Creeley’s necessary poetry very much alive. --Mark Eleveld --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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"So fantastically simple and so satisfyingly complicated, these poems band together like the days in 'One Day': 'One day after another-/ perfect./ They all fit.'"John Ashbery
"Beautifully edited by Ben Friedlander with tenderness, intelligence, and care. A superb selection, well-introduced. Selected Poems provides a great sense of the range of Creeley's accomplishmentthese poems among the most important of our timea way of writing with the hesitations and grace of a new-found line, thinking informed by sources from Emily Dickinson to Charlie Parker. Selected Poems is at once a tribute to Creeley, a perfect introduction for new readers, and a valuable distillation for those who have already acquired a taste for Creeley's poetry. The perfect assembly to and for one so fond of saying 'onward.' We can now go onward with these selected poems, onward with these well-chosen words, with thanks to Robert Creeley and to Ben Friedlander."Hank Lazer, author of The New Spirit
"Benjamin Friedlander, himself a fine poet-critic and a great connoisseur of Creeley's poetry, has put together a superb selection."Marjorie Perloff
"An excellent selection and introduction. It is an edition that acknowledges work that has defined the poet's career while offering a new narrative for the entire oeuvre. It will join UC Press's distinguished and definitive editionsof postwar poetry and will provide us all with a summary guide to Creeley's best work."Michael Davidson
"In a quiet moment I hear Bob pause where I never would have expected it. Such resolve. Such heart. And an ear to reckon with. No truly further American poem without his."Clark Coolidge, author of Counting on Planet Zero