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Robert Creeley
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Poet
    (May 21, 1926-March 30, 2005)
    Born in Arlington, Massachusetts
    Black Mountain poet
    Known for his minimalist style
    Poetry collections include ‘For Love: Poems 1950-1960,’ ‘’The Charm: Early and Uncollected Poems,’ ‘Divisions and Other Early Poems,’ ‘The Finger: Poems 1966-1969,’ ‘The Door: Selected Poems,’ ‘So There: Poems 1976-1983,’ ‘Just in Time: Poems 1984-1994’ and ‘On Earth: Last Poems and an Essay’
    New York State Poet Laureate (1989-91)
    Won the Bollingen Prize for Poetry (1999)
    He was suspended from Harvard for stealing a door.
    He got into a lot of drunken fights in the ‘50s, including one with Jackson Pollock.
    He was married three times, divorced twice.
    He had an affair with fellow poet Kenneth Rexroth’s wife.
    John Simon commented that two things could be said about his poems: ‘They are short; they are not short enough.’
    He lost his left eye in an accident when he was four.
    He served as an ambulance driver in India and Burma during World War II.
    His writing style was influenced by jazz music and abstract expressionist painting.
    US poet laureate Robert Hass called Creeley’s ‘I Know a Man’ ‘the poem of the decade [the 1950s].’

Credit: C. Fishel


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