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Title:
Day book of a virtual poet
Author:
Creeley, Robert, 1926-2005.
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Publication Information:
New York : Spuyten Duyvil, [1998]

©1998
Physical Description:
122 pages ; 22 cm
Language:
English
Genre:
ISBN:
9781881471295

9781881471288
Format :
Book

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Central Library PS3505.R43 Z48 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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Summary

The Day Book provides a unique entrance into the ideas and practices into the life, finally of one of our great writers. This journal is the result of an extraordinary exchange between Creeley and a group of youngsters who participated in the adventure of an on-line poetry course.


Summary

Nonfiction. Poetics. "DAY BOOK OF A VIRTUAL POET provides a unique entrance into the ideas and practices--into the life, finally--of one of our great writers"--Burt Kimmelman. This unique book is a record of e-mail letters from Robert Creeley to high school students participating in an online honors poetry course. It explores the educational possibilities of a medium that has become second nature to people across the generations. Creeley: "All the tendentious proposals as to `why write,' in Pound's useful phrase, finally fade to the one point W.C. Williams made by saying, `Why don't we tell them it's fun?' Not just the authority of endless revisions, not just the lists of publications or prizes won, not just the company of poets of public record--just fun. Fun. Fun.... I don't think a book has so pleased me in years, just that it came so unintentionallyto hand. More than anything else, it was a place to say a great many things as a poet, to make clear what I valued...to keep the faith in my own way."


Author Notes

Robert Creeley was born in Arlington, Massachusetts, on May 21, 1926. He attended Harvard University and served in the American Field Service in India and Burma during World War II. In 1960, he received a Master's Degree from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.

He taught at Black Mountain College, an experimental arts college in North Carolina, and was the editor of the Black Mountain Review. During his lifetime, he published more than sixty books of poetry including For Love: Poems 1950-1960, The Finger, Later, Mirrors, Memory Gardens, Echoes, Life and Death, and If I Were Writing This. In 1960, he won the Levinson Prize for a group of 10 poems published in Black Mountain Review. He also won the Shelley Memorial Award in 1981, the Frost Medal in 1987, and the Lannan Lifetime Achievement Award. He served as New York State Poet Laureate from 1989 to 1991.

He also wrote the novel The Island and a collection of short stories entitled The Gold Diggers. He edited several books including Charles Olson's Selected Poems, The Essential Burns, and Whitman: Selected Poems. He taught English at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He died on March 30, 2005 at the age of 78.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Robert Creeley was born in Arlington, Massachusetts, on May 21, 1926. He attended Harvard University and served in the American Field Service in India and Burma during World War II. In 1960, he received a Master's Degree from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.

He taught at Black Mountain College, an experimental arts college in North Carolina, and was the editor of the Black Mountain Review. During his lifetime, he published more than sixty books of poetry including For Love: Poems 1950-1960, The Finger, Later, Mirrors, Memory Gardens, Echoes, Life and Death, and If I Were Writing This. In 1960, he won the Levinson Prize for a group of 10 poems published in Black Mountain Review. He also won the Shelley Memorial Award in 1981, the Frost Medal in 1987, and the Lannan Lifetime Achievement Award. He served as New York State Poet Laureate from 1989 to 1991.

He also wrote the novel The Island and a collection of short stories entitled The Gold Diggers. He edited several books including Charles Olson's Selected Poems, The Essential Burns, and Whitman: Selected Poems. He taught English at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He died on March 30, 2005 at the age of 78.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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