Robert Creeley: Contribution as American Poet

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      Robert Creeley (1926-2005), born in Arlington, Massachusetts, was educated at Harvard and University of New Mexico at Albuquerque. During World War II, he served for two years with the American field service in Burma and India. Later he lived in France, Majorca and Guatemala. He taught at Black Mountain College in North Carolina from 1954 to 1956, and edited Black Mountain Review. After the closure of the College, he moved to San Francisco and quickly established his presence in city’s poetry revival. He taught at the University of British Colombia and since 1978 the State University of New York at Buffalo. He also served as Port Laureate who writes with a terse, minimalist style, was one of the major Black Mountain, poets.

      Creeley, has written about sixty volumes of poetry. The some of them are - Poems - 1950-1965 (1966), Division and Other Early Poems (1968) Pieces (1969) The Chami (1965), The Finger (1969) St. Martin’s (1971), A Day Book (1972) Backwards (1975) Away (1976), Hello: A Journal (1978) Later (1979) Echoes (1982) Mirrors (1983) Memory Garden (1986), Windows (1990) Places (1990), Gnomic Verses (1991) The Old Days (1991) Life and Death (1993) Loops (1995) The Collected Poems - 1945-1975 (1982) and two editions of Selected Poems bring together his early work. Creely has acknowledged his debt to the collegial language and objective directness of Williams Carols Williams.

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