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(01/04/2015) Echoes by Robert Creeley. New York. 1994. New Directions. 116 pages.  hardcover. Jacket photograph by Denny Moers; design by Hermann Strohbach.  0811212637 

 

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   In his ECHOES, Robert Creeley continues to explore the limits and resonances, public and personal, of age. Indeed, the title itself, ECHOES, recurs throughout his poetry of the previous two decades leading up to this collection. Thus ‘Sonnets’ speaks out against the waste of human violence and dogmatism (‘Come round again the banal/belligerence almost a/flatulent echo of times’), while the book’s closing sequence, ‘Roman Sketchbook,’ contemplates with wit and affection the measure of one’s literal body in echoing time and place. Creeley as ever articulates the givens of life, its daily fact and possibility, with careful, concise invention. About ECHOES - ‘Echoing the themes and voice of his ground- breaking and immensely important early work, Creeley’s most recent book is touching, resonant, and never lets the good reader forget the fact that we cannot be as beautiful or as powerful when we age as when we are young. In one sense it is more than an echo; it is a reminder of Creeley’s original stature in American letters.’ - Diane Wakoski (from Creeley’s citation as finalist for the 1995 Paterson Poetry Prize). ‘But for all of his complexity, the poet’s responses to his own sense of aging are surprisingly witty, lyrical and grounded.   ECHOES succeeds beautifully.’ - Publishers Weekly (starred review).

 

  Robert Creeley (1926-2005) published more than sixty books of poetry, prose, essays, and interviews in the United States and abroad. His many honors included the Lannan Lifetime Achievement Award, the Frost Medal, the Shelley Memorial Award, and the Bollingen Prize for Poetry. He was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and Distinguished Professor in the Graduate Program in Literary Arts at Brown University

 

 

 

 

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