Monday, May 21, 2012

Robert Creeley (1926-2005)



Master poet, Robert Creeley would have been 86 years old today. The above clip (from a 2005 reading in New York at the Cue Gallery) gives some brief sampling of his poignant lyric beauty (video of the entire reading can be accessed here). The gathering of Creeley materials at PennSound really is state-of-the-art (but we should also draw your attention to our own set of Creeley links here).

The Creeley papers (1950-1997) are in safe-keeping (as with Allen's) at Stanford University. The Creeley library (or, at least, a substantial section of it) was recently purchased by the University of Notre Dame (through the intervention of Stephen Fredman, co-editor (with Steve McCaffery) of Form, Power and Person in Robert Creeley's Life and Work, and, currently, a full-time professor of English there).

The Robert Creeley Award (amongst past winners, Grace Paley, John Ashbery and Gary Snyder) continues to be administered by the Robert Creeley Foundation in his home-town in Acton (Mass.) Winner for 2012 was Thomas Lux.

We leave you with a vintage Creeley recording (only recently put on-line), his 1967 reading at SGWU (Montreal) with an introduction by his long-time friend Irving Layton.

Fondly remembering you, Bob

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