Wednesday, November 26, 2008

100th post in 2008; Robert Creeley

Don at Issa's Untidy Hut posted a verse by Gary Snyder, whom I've always enjoyed. That sent me running to an old collection that includes some Gary Snyder poems. I had planned to call Don's Snyder and raise him a Creeley. But then I found the Creeley I was looking for and decided to stop there (for now).

Here it is, from "Contemporary American Poetry," part of the Penguin Poets series, 1962.

I Know a Man
---- Robert Creeley

As I sd to my
friend, because I am
always talking, -- John, I

sd, which was not his
name, the darkness sur-
rounds us, what

can we do against
it, or else, shall we &
why not, buy a goddamn big car,
drive, he sd, for
christ's sake, look
out where yr going.
For the 100th post on this ol' blog this year, I think the poem is somehow fitting. Especially that last warning.


Issa's Untidy Hut said...

Hey, Jim:

Beauty, that's a great little Creeley number - I can almost feel the full tank of gas, the half a pack of cigarettes, the dark shades ... hey, Daley Plaza, that's where they have that Picasso, right?

Seriously, congrats on the 100th post this year - I always enjoy reading what you do.

Don @ Issa's Untidy Hut

Greg said...

One of my favorite poems by one of my TOP favorite poets! Thanks Jim!