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The Selected Letters of Robert Creeley

Robert Creeley

Publication Year: 2014

Robert Creeley is one of the most celebrated and influential American poets. A stylist of the highest order, Creeley imbued his correspondence with the literary artistry he brought to his poetry. Through his engagements with mentors such as William Carlos Williams and Ezra Pound, peers such as Charles Olson, Robert Duncan, Denise Levertov, Allen Ginsberg, and Jack Kerouac, and mentees such as Charles Bernstein, Anselm Berrigan, Ed Dorn, Susan Howe, and Tom Raworth, Creeley helped forge a new poetry that re-imagined writing for his and subsequent generations. This first-ever volume of his letters, written between 1945 and 2005, document the life, work, and times of one of our greatest writers, and represent a critical archive of the development of contemporary American poetry, as well as the changing nature of letter-writing and communication in the digital era.

Published by: University of California Press


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Support, Title Page, Frontispiece, Copyright, Quote

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pp. i-viii


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pp. ix-xviii

List of Illustrations

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pp. xix-xx

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pp. xxi-xxii

This project would not have been possible without the generous support of Penelope Creeley. She has responded to our every question with detail and encouragement. We wish to thank our press editors Rachel Berchten, Laura Cerruti, Mary Francis, and Kim Hogeland for seeing the manuscript through the production process. Forrest Gander assisted with electronic files from the...


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pp. xxiii-xxvi

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Editors’ Introduction

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pp. xxvii-xxxviii

One thinks of Robert Creeley, foremost and primarily, as a writer. That being the case, it must be said a large part of that writing, even the largest part— the volume of it— was correspondence. Simply the list of names of correspondents, available at the Stanford Special Collections website, runs to well over one hundred pages; there are in addition substantial collections of his correspondence at Washington...

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PART ONE. The Charm, 1945– 1952 Burma, New Hampshire, Aix-en-Provence

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pp. 1-104

We soon will land, and after that I suppose everything will become something over which I shall have little or no control. I am actually looking forward to that time, though I should never have thought I would. But then many of the things that have occurred in the past year I could never have predicted, and they...

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PART TWO. Black Mountain Review, 1953– 1956 Mallorca, Black Mountain, San Francisco

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pp. 105-154

We got your Xmas card ok, and very lovely it was! It made me feel somewhat bitter we didn’t send any, although we never damn well make it, and haven’t for the last five years. But next year, etc. Wait & see....

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PART THREE. For Love, 1956– 1963 New Mexico, Guatemala, Vancouver

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pp. 155-262

Your letter just got here— and was good to have. To catch you up: I finally couldn’t make it in SF— I am too much a country-boy among other things— but there was and is Marthe as well; and though happily I think we can at last make it, it has been anything but simple— and often, impossibly hysterical. Anyhow I...

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PART FOUR. Pieces, 1963– 1973 New Mexico, Buffalo, Bolinas

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pp. 263-314

Can you please find out as soon as possible how quickly a voucher for a ticket (one way only, if round trip can’t be managed in advance) can be got for Allen Ginsberg— with place of departure open for New Delhi, Calcutta, or Benares. He is getting pretty worried about it (which is my fault)...

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PART FIVE. Echoes, 1973– 1989 Buffalo, Maine, Helsinki

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pp. 315-376

Finally down enough to write so-called proper letter. I get very speedy with such movement as getting here, all the anticipation of what’s to happen, etc, etc. Again, it really feels simple, barring some ridiculous nose-dive into gluggy glooms etc which I don’t particularly feel like doing. A cat was charmingly at the window here a few minutes ago, a big fluffy grey– with that...

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PART SIX. If I Were Writing This, 1989– 2005 Maine, Buffalo, Providence

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pp. 377-424

“Mi tocayo” translates as “my name/sharer,” in Guatemala (where I first heard it from fellow we met in San Lucas on Lake Atitlan, who could only give us directions by means of left turns because he’d forgotten the word for right: The Cocksman of San Lucas (was his nickname)) sign of affectionate acknowledgement and relation— like brother, brother. So there you have it. I...


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pp. 425-458

Acknowledgments of Permissions

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pp. 459-460


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pp. 461-467

E-ISBN-13: 9780520956612
Print-ISBN-13: 9780520241602

Page Count: 508
Publication Year: 2014

OCLC Number: 861559507
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  • Poets, American -- 20th century -- Correspondence.
  • Creeley, Robert, 1926-2005 -- Correspondence.
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