On Earth: Last Poems and an Essay
""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 ... Show synopsis ""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"