""On Earth" provides a kind of closure on a rich poetic life and brings us intimately in contact with the poet's final thoughts on the great themes of time and memory. Those of us who know Creeley may well repeat Whitman's lines in reading this volume: 'Good-bye my Fancy!/Farewell dear mate, dear love!'"--Michael Davidson "Praise for Robert ...
""On Earth" provides a kind of closure on a rich poetic life and brings us intimately in contact with the poet's final thoughts on the great themes of time and memory. Those of us who know Creeley may well repeat Whitman's lines in reading this volume: 'Good-bye my Fancy!/Farewell dear mate, dear love!'"--Michael Davidson "Praise for Robert Creeley's work: " "The subtlest feeling for the measure that I encounter anywhere except in the verses of Ezra Pound."--William Carlos Williams "Robert Creeley's poetry is as basic and necessary as the air we breathe; as hospitable, plain and open as our continent itself. He is about the best we have."--John Ashbery "Robert Creeley has created a noble life body of poetry that extends the work of his predecessors Pound, Williams, Zukofsky, and Olson and provides like them a method for his successors in exploring our new American poetic consciousness."--Allen Ginsberg "Groundbreaking Poet Robert Creeley helped transform postwar American poetry by making it more conversational and emotionally direct."--Dinitia Smith, "New York Times" "[A] Black Mountain poet fired by an elemental energy.... Each work is a minutely detailed pressure point set into motion."--Michael Hrebeniak, "The Guardian" "Robert Creeley, one of the most significant American poets of our time, [was] a poet for whom pretentiousness was anathema. For Creeley, poetry was like music, and he never wasted a note."--Jeff Miers, "The Buffalo News" "Creeley was, to my mind, easily the finest poet of my parents' generation & truly the dean of American poets at least from the death of Williams until his own. He was also one of the most generous of human beings, and that rarest thing, somebody who wanted truly to learn from younger poets, whether they were my age or just starting out in their early twenties. Bob was active as a poet for over half a century, and that we got to have him, his work, his presence & his example for so very long was a great gift."--Ron Silliman, author of "Under Albany"
Publishers Weekly, 2006-04-03 Creeley, who died last year at 78, is among the American masters born in the 1920s, a generation that includes John Ashbery and Adrienne Rich. This slim volume, filled out with the cogent essay "Reflections on Whitman in Age," presents 31 poems of varying quality, from bad to sublime, and is a fitting final volume for a poet of relentless experimentation and major achievement. A jingly piece of antiwar propaganda, "Help!" seems specifically designed for those who aren't regular readers of verse, while "Caves," the longest poem in the volume, meanders. But in addresses to poets like John Wieners, Paul Blackburn and Ed Dorn, Creeley attains a loose intimacy that feels like friendship, and the final "Valentine for You," here in its entirety, is likely to be as associated with Creeley as "Crossing the Bar" is with Tennyson: "Where from, where to/ the thought to do-// Where with, whereby/ the means themselves now lie-// Wherefor, wherein/ such hopes of reconciling heaven// Even the way is changed/ without you, even the day." (Apr.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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