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Robert Creeley

Tonight, nothing is long enough— time isn’t. Were there a fire, it would burn now. Were there a heaven, I would have gone long ago. I think that light is the final image. But time reoccurs, love—and an echo. A time passes love in the dark. — Robert Creeley, “The Tunnel,” The Collected Poems of… Continue reading Robert Creeley

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Robert Creeley

The Woman I have never clearly given to you the associations you have for me, you with such divided presence my dream does not show you. I do not dream. I have compounded these sensations, the accumulation of the things left me by you. Always your tits, not breasts, but harsh sudden rises of impatient… Continue reading Robert Creeley

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Robert Creeley

Such strangeness of mind I know I cannot find there more than what I know. I am tired of purposes, intent that leads itself back to its own belief. I want nothing more of such brilliance but what makes the shadows darker and that fire grow dimmer. — Robert Creeley, from “Pieces,” The Collected Poems… Continue reading Robert Creeley

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Robert Creeley

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. — Robert Creeley, from “The Rain,” Selected Poems of Robert Creeley. (University of California Press March 19, 1996)

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