The Collected Essays of Robert Creeley. Robert Creeley.
The Collected Essays of Robert Creeley

The Collected Essays of Robert Creeley

ISBN: 0520061500
Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press, 1989. First Edition & Association Copy. Hardcover in Sewn Binding. Signed & Inscribed by Robert Creeley to Ken & Ann Mikolowski, Founders of Detroit's "Alternative Press." "The Collected Essays of Robert Creeley" is a magnificent addition to the poet, essayist, and novelist's catalog that illuminates his lifetime commitment to being a literary artist. This volume is essential for anyone who wishes to understand this poet's oft-misunderstood conception of Line & Breath as they appear in his work, and also to chart the development of a mind so cerebrally expansive that any serious, sustained encounter with it permanently alters your own. The book is marvelously broken into sections, each illuminating the construction and mythology of the poet's storied career. The first section, "Heroes and Elders," muses on the specific lightning bolt paradigm shifts & affirmative conceptualizations studying his "Heroes and Elders" resulted in. The second section, titled "The Company" dives into "contemporaries" such as Charles Olson, Ed Dorn & Paul Blackburn. The third section, "The Writing Life" combines a vast range of subject matter, ranging from elegies to short critical sketches of other poets of stature during differing eras. Section four is titled "Artists" and the poet comments on visual artists of personal & cultural interest. The book culminates in section five, "Autobiography & Poetics" where Creeley picks up where he left off in the book's beginning, and after illuminating what he took from his heroes in section one, shares what he learned becoming himself at the book's end. Contemporary inscription warm & amiable in light black ink, reflecting the close friendship between the Mikolowskis and Robert Creeley that at this point had already lasted more than 25 years. Inscription reads: "(Doodle) / for Ken and Ann-- / Collected / Collected! / With my love, Bob / Ann Arbor/Grape(?) / 5/5/90". A marvelous Creeley collectible with exceptional association. Book very fine, substantially mint. Dust jacket very fine with only slightest rubbing, minute bump-creases to top left, bottom left corners of front cover; small outward bend on fine-edge at center of same; same minute bump-creases to top right, bottom right corners of back cover. Very Fine / Very fine. [Item #2753]

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