Robert Creeley

Gina Wisker (University of Brighton)
Download PDF Add to Bookshelf Tweet Report an Error

The speaker in Robert Creeley's poetry is most often intent and even overwrought, relentless, uncertain but always seeking, confident in his uncertainty rather than reliant on previous certainties, interested in approaches to complexity and tensions rather than momentary resolutions. The eye in Creeley's poetry sees things his way. Take, for instance, this view of “The Flower”: (Collected Poems p.194)

I think I grow tensions
like flowers
in a wood where
nobody goes.

Each wound is perfect,
encloses itself in a tiny
imperceptible blossom,
making pain.

Pain is a flower like that one,
like this one,
like that one,
like this one.

2354 words

Citation: Wisker, Gina. "Robert Creeley". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 31 October 2002 [, accessed 03 June 2023.]

1067 Robert Creeley 1 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

Save this article

If you need to create a new bookshelf to save this article in, please make sure that you are logged in, then go to your 'Account' here

Leave Feedback

The Literary Encyclopedia is a living community of scholars. We welcome comments which will help us improve.