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Life & death

Author: Robert Creeley
Publisher: New York : New Directions, 1998.
Series: New Directions book.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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If youth asks the mirror, "Am I the fairest?" then age, in Robert Creeley's voice asks, "Do you remember me?" And the poems of Life & Death are the mirror's answers: a collage of recollection and salvage, a gathering-in before winter's night. The first section, "Histoire de Florida," is a partial autobiography at a specific time and place. It captures the poet in an engaged and highly compacted moment that  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Creeley
ISBN: 0811213846 9780811213844 0811214494 9780811214490
OCLC Number: 37903624
Notes: Includes the previously published Life & death and new poems.
"Published for James Laughlin by New Directions Publishing Corporation"--Title page verso.
Includes index.
Description: 87 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Histoire De Florida --
Old Poems, Etc. --
Life and Death There Inside My Head.
Series Title: New Directions book.
Other Titles: Life and death
Responsibility: Robert Creeley.

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If youth asks the mirror, "Am I the fairest?" then age, in Robert Creeley's voice asks, "Do you remember me?" And the poems of Life & Death are the mirror's answers: a collage of recollection and salvage, a gathering-in before winter's night. The first section, "Histoire de Florida," is a partial autobiography at a specific time and place. It captures the poet in an engaged and highly compacted moment that deliberately echoes Wallace Stevens's "The Anecdote of the Jar"--A reverberation from the poet's youth. The second section, "Old Poems, Etc.," contains classic reflections - from the doggerel humor of "'Present (Present)'" to parody of early Metaphysical models like George Herbert in "Echo's Arrow." The capstone of this section is the sustained "The Dogs of Auckland," which focuses impressions from an extended time spent in that city and becomes a resume of age and its effects, made vividly objective by the contrasting culture of New Zealand. Artists have always proved decisive company for the poet, and the third section contains the texts of three collaborations with the painter Francesco Clemente.

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