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Robert Creeley


Robert Creeley was born in Arlington, Massachusetts in 1926. When his father died in 1930, he was raised by his mother. At around this time an accident left him blind in one eye. He attended Holderness School in Plymouth, New Hampshire, where his articles and stories appeared regularly in the school magazine. He went to Harvard but left to join the American Field Service and drove an ambulance in India and South-East Asia. He went back to Harvard after the war but never graduated, though he did take a M.A. from the University of New Mexico later. He came into contact with the poet Charles Olson who had considerable influence on him He was associated with the Black Mountain poets and edited the Black Mountain Review. He and Olson developed Projective Verse, a freer form of verse.

He wrote one novel – The Island – about the break-up of his marriage to Ann MacKinnon, set on Majorca where the couple lived with their three children. After the break-up, he returned to Black Mountain College before moving to San Francisco where he was associated with The Beats. As his poetry received little attention, he worked as a teacher, though he received great acclaim after publication of his collection For Love. He died in 2005.

Books about Robert Creeley

Ekbert Faas: Robert Creeley: A Biography

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1952 Le Fou
1953 The Immoral Proposition
1953 The Kind of Act Of
1954 The Gold Diggers
1954 A Snarling Garland of Xmas Verses
1955 All That Is Lovely in Men
1956 If You
1957 The Whip
1959 A Form of Women
1962 For Love: Poems 1950-1960
1963 The Island
1965 Words
1965 The Gold Diggers and Other Stories
1966 Poems 1950-1965
1967 The Charm: Early and Uncollected Poems
1967 Robert Creeley Reads
1967 A Sight
1968 Divisions and Other Early Poems
1968 The Finger.
1968 5 Numbers
1968 Numbers
1968 Pieces
1969 Mazatlan: Sea
1970 The Finger: Poems 1966-1969
1970 In London
1970 A Quick Graph: Collected Notes and Essays
1971 1234567890, illustrations by Arthur Okamura
1971 St. Martin’s
1972 A Day Book
1972 Listen
1972 A Sense of Measure
1973 The Class of ’47, with Joe Brainard
1973 Contexts of Poetry: Interviews 1961-1971
1973 Sparrow 6: The Creative
1973 For my mother: Genevieve Jules Creeley, 8 April 1887-7 October 1972
1973 His Idea Coach House Press
1973 Sparrow 14: Inside Out
1974 Thirty Things
1975 Backwards
1975 The Door: Selected Poems
1976 Away
1976 Hello
1976 Mabel, A Story: and Other Prose
1976 Presences: A Text for Marisol.
1976 Selected Poems
1976 Sparrow 40: Was That a Real Poem or Did You Just Make It Up Yourself.
1977 Mabel: A Story
1977 Thanks
1978 Hello: A Journal, February 29-May 3, 1976
1978 Later: A Poem
1978 Desultory Days
1979 Was That a Real Poem and Other Essays
1979 Later
1980 Corn Close
1981 Mother’s Voice
1980-1996 Charles Olson and Robert Creeley: The Complete Correspondence
1982 The Collected Poems of Robert Creeley, 1945-1975.
1982 Echoes
1983 A Calendar 1984
1983 Mirrors
1984 The Collected Prose of Robert Creeley
1986 Memory Gardens
1988 The Company
1988 Window
1988 7 & 6
1989 Dreams
1989 It
1989 Robert Creeley: a Selection, 1945-1987
1990 Autobiography
1990 Have a Heart
1990 Places
1990 Windows
1991 Gnomic Verses
1991 The Old Days
1991 Selected Poems
1993 Life & Death
1994 Echoes
1995 Loops: Ten Poems
1998 So There: Poems 1976-83
1998 Life & Death
1999 Daybook of a Virtual Poet
2001 Just in Time: Poems 1984-1994
2003 If I Were Writing This
2006 On Earth: Last Poems and an Essay
2006 Collected Poems of Robert Creeley 1975-2005
2008 Selected Poems, 1945-2005
2014 The Selected Letters of Robert Creeley