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Life & Death

Creeley, Robert

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ISBN 10: 0811213846 / ISBN 13: 9780811213844
Published by New Directions Publishing Corporation, 1998
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Glued binding. Cloth over boards. With dust jacket. 87 p. Audience: General/trade. In Creeley's poems there is a soulful tenacity, a hybrid between devotion and obsession, that kept him a major poet. Fine in fine dust jacket. A fine condition book in every way. Bookseller Inventory # Alibris.00010000390

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Title: Life & Death

Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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If youth asks the mirror, "Am I the fairest?" then age, in Robert Creeley's skillful, ironic, and tender voice asks, "Do you remember me?" And the poems of Life & Death are the mirror's answers: a collage of recollection and salvage, a gathering-in before winter's night. The first section, "Histoire de Florida," is a partial autobiography at a specific time and place. It captures the poet in an engaged and highly compacted moment that deliberately echoes Wallace Stevens' "The Anecdote of the Jar"--a reverberation from the poet's youth. The second section of "Old Poems, Etc." contains classic reflections--from the doggerel humor of "'Present (present)'" to parody of early Metaphysical models like George Herbert in "Echo's Arrow." The capstone of this section is the sustained "The Dogs of Auckland" which focuses impressions from an extended time spent in that city and becomes a resume of age and its effects, made vividly objective by the contrasting culture of New Zealand. Artists have always proved decisive company for the poet, and the third section contains the texts of three collaborations with painter Francesco Clemente. Creeley's intention, as always, is "to keep writing, as Williams said, for the fun of it. What else?"


The Dogs Of Auckland
Echo's Arrow
Fearful Love
A Feeling
Four Days In Vermont
Histoire De Florida
In The Diamond
Inside My Head
Life & Death
The Long Road
The Mirror
Oh My God
Old Poems
Old Story
Out Here
Present (present)
The Rose
Sear At The Center
The Skull
The Star
The Swan
The Tools
A Valentine For Pen
When It Comes
Won't It Be Fine?
-- Table of Poems from Poem Finder®

There is [in Creeley's work] precisely a soulful tenacity, a hybrid between devotion and obsession, that keeps him a major poet. -- Richard Silberg, Poetry Flash

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