If I Were Writing This. Robert Creeley.
If I Were Writing This

If I Were Writing This

ISBN: 9780811215565
New York, NY: New Directions Publishing, 2003. First Edition. Hardcover. "The poems in "If I Were Writing This," Robert Creeley's first major collection since the highly praised "Life & Death" (1998), have an "aching sweetness" that speaks to the precociousness of life as the poet faces his own mortality and simultaneously looks on a world suddenly more precarious and fragile. In these poems there is longing, 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." (front flap). This unusual later collection of poems from Robert Creeley is one of the overlooked gems of his catalogue. The reason for this is because Creeley, in this collection, looks back further than his Modernist inspirations to the Metaphysical poets and often employs rhymed quatrains--a far cry from the radical "Beat" language of the poets he was so friendly with. Therefore, the book may not appear on the surface to be from Robert Creeley, the "American innovator," they've told you about. When seen from the eye of the dedicated Creeley reader, one who has surveyed his entire catalogue--you recognize his aims, their potency, and his skillful execution that is so widely reputed to leave readers breathless. Book in very fine condition, essentially mint; dust jacket in very fine condition with minute rubbing to front, back covers; price tag from former bookseller on bottom right-hand corner of back cover. Very Fine / Very fine. [Item #2808]

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