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Robert Creeley

Datum narození: 21. květen 1926
Datum úmrtí: 30. březen 2005

Robert Creeley byl americký básník.

„Forma nikdy není ničím víc než pokračováním obsahu.“

„Love, if you love me,
lie next to me.
Be for me, like rain,
the getting out

of the tiredness, the fatuousness, the semi-
lust of intentional indifference.
Be wet
with a decent happiness.“

„I know this body is impatient.
I know I constitute only a meager voice and mind.
Yet I loved, I love.
I want no sentimentality.
I want no more than home.“

„Moon, moon,
when you leave me alone
all the darkness is
an utter blackness,

a pit of fear,
a stench,
hands unreasonable
never to touch.

But I love you.
Do you love me.
What to say
when you see me.“
Selected Poems of Robert Creeley

„The awful thing, as a kid reading, was that you came to the end of the story, and that was it. I mean, it would be heartbreaking that there was no more of it.“

„Still, no one finally knows what a poet is supposed either to be or to do. Especially in this country, one takes on the job—because all that one does in America is considered a "job"—with no clear sense as to what is required or where one will ultimately be led. In that respect, it is as particular an instance of a "calling" as one might point to. For years I've kept in mind, "Many are called but few are chosen." Even so "called," there were no assurances that one would be answered.“

„When I speak, I speaks.“

„What am I to myself
that must be remembered,
insisted upon
so often? Is it

that never the ease,
even the hardness,
of rain falling
will have for me

something other than this,
something not so insistent—
am I to be locked in this
final uneasiness.“
The Collected Poems of Robert Creeley, 1945-1975


Hello, duck,
in yellow

cloth stuffed from
inside out,

Just in Time

„Thought is a process of work,
joy is an issue of work“

„I’ll win the way
I always do
by being gone
when they come.

When they look, they’ll see
nothing of me
and where I am
they’ll not know.

This, I thought, is my way
and right or wrong
it’s me. Being dead, then,
I’ll have won completely.“
Memory Gardens

„A Token"

My lady
fair with
arms, what

can I say to
you—words, words
as if all
worlds were there.“
The Collected Poems of Robert Creeley, 1945-1975

„The tree cannot walk, all its going must be violence. They listen to the saw cut, the roots scream. And in eating even a stalk of celery there will be pathetic screaming.“ Words

something small
but infinite
and quiet.“
The Collected Poems of Robert Creeley, 1945-1975

„Let’s build a house of human pieces, arms and hair, not telling any one.“ Words

„Oh stay awhile.
sad, sagging flesh
and bones gone brittle.

Stay in place,
aged face, teeth,
don’t go.

Inside and out
the flaccid change
of bodily parts,

mechanics of action,
mind’s collapsing
habits, all

echo here
in mottled skin, blurred eye,
reiterated mumble.

Lift to the vacant air
some sigh, some sign
I’m still inside.“

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