Wednesday, April 24, 2013


When I started writing poetry sort of devotedly in my early 20s, I went through a period of being influenced by Robert Creeley and trying to write like him until I happened to read an essay by Kenneth Rexroth that said something like "currently 2000 young poets are trying to write like Robert Creeley"—an observation which really rocked me.  Soon afterwards I began consciously imitating other poets than Creeley, though over the decades since I continued to read him with appreciation, nothing to say more than that, he is still a poet whose work I admire and look up to as a model of devotion.  His verse still astonishes and delights me.

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