Form, Power, and Person in Robert Creeley's Life and Work
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About the Author
Stephen Fredman is professor of English at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of Contextual Practice: Assemblage and the Erotic in Postwar Poetry and Art, Poet's Prose: The Crisis in American Verse, and A Menorah for Athena: Charles Reznikoff and the Jewish Dilemmas of Objectivist Poetry. Steve McCaffery is a poet and the David Gray Professor of Poetry and Letters at the State University of New York at Buffalo. A founding member of the sound-poetry group Four Horsemen, McCaffery is also the author of Prior to Meaning: The Protosemantic and Poetics, Imagining Language (with Jed Rasula), and North of Intention: Critical Writings, 1973-86.
"Reading this volume, you can't help but picture its first dramatic staging, a blizzard-bound Buffalo night when some of our smartest and most original contemporary poets and critics improvised a conference in a hotel room that, against all odds and general conditions, retained its light and heat. These essays, marked by their own heat and often by a dazzling, dilative light, delineate--'e quel remir contral lum de la lampa'--the incomparable shapeliness of the work of Robert Creeley, a signal poet whose influence on yet another generation of young writers is clearly surgent. Form, Power, and Person in Robert Creeley's Life and Work invigorates our thinking not only about Creeley's significance but also about what poetry is and does. For anyone who, like Creeley, can claim to be 'frankly and selfishly interested in the word, ' this book is a site of memorable delight."--Forrest Gander
"In this friendly and excellent volume, each essay makes a particularized, rather than a paradigmatic, reading of aspects of Robert Creeley's work. Such particularity mirrors Creeley's 'occasion' in the 'common, ' and the essays move through many of the poet's institutional, personal, and compositional contexts focusing on matters of lyric and seriality, gender and collaboration, the erotic and the epistolary, and more. Each essay analyzes astutely, and the volume is tremendously useful as a resource and guide for future Creeley studies."--Lisa Samuels, author, The Invention of Culture and Tomorrowland