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If I Were Writing This

Creeley, Robert

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ISBN 10: 0811215563 / ISBN 13: 9780811215565
Published by New Directions Publishing Corporation, 2003
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Glued binding. Cloth over boards. With dust jacket. 103 p. Audience: General/trade. Creeley's poems are honed down to the bare essence of what he is attempting to get across, capturing his moment. Very good in very good dust jacket. Spine is slight cocked, but a very clean, near fine book. Bookseller Inventory # Alibris.00010000391

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Title: If I Were Writing This

Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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New poetry by one of America's most acclaimed and respected poets. The poems of If I Were Writing This, Robert Creeley's first major collection since the highly praised Life & Death (1998), have an "aching sweetness" that speak to the preciousness of life as the poet both faces his own mortality and simultaneously looks on a world suddenly more precarious and fragile. In these poems there is longing, a twinge of regret sometimes, a bit of nostalgia, the sadness of passing time, but finally no regrets and no self-pity, just an understanding that this is what it is to be human, an acknowledgment that life is uncertain but also bracing and positive. Creeley himself comments: "Given the bleak vulnerability of the world and of our own country's dogmatic commitment to violence, what can either poet or poetry do? For one thing, insist on feelinginsist on witnessinsist on being here, in this 'phenomenal world,' as Lawrence called it, 'which is raging and yet apart.' Age brings experience, not wisdom; age makes time actualeach day anotheruntil there is no more. These poems have been my company, my solace, my feelings, my heart. When they cannot speak, it will all be silence."

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Robert Creeley (1926-2005) published more than sixty books of poetry, prose, essays, and interviews in the United States and abroad, including "If I Were Writing This, Selected Poems 1945-1990, The Collected Poems of Robert Creeley, 1975-2005, "and "The Island. "His many honors include the Lannan Lifetime Achievement Award, the Frost Medal, the Shelley Memorial Award, and the Bollingen Prize in Poetry. He was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and Distinguished Professor in the Graduate Program in Literary Arts at Brown University.

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