Robert Creeley
Reading and conversation with Louise Steinman
May 7, 2000

This podcast, taken from the ALOUD archive, is a discussion from 2000’s “Words In the World” series; a curated series of artists whose stories, essays, poems, novels, and films illuminated a global culture in crisis and celebration, extending their imaginations into the vast territory of the heart and the world.

Robert Creeley’s poems are distinctive for their precise, terse–almost minimalist–language, for the syncopated rhythms of silences with his verse, and for his lifelong investigation of the heart’s dark and often confused transactions. His idiosyncratic lyrics, his skillful, ironic, and tender voice, shaped the legacy of a “new American poetry” for an entire generation of younger poets. Creeley attended Harvard in the 1940’s, leaving to drive and ambulance in the India-Burma theatre of WWII. In the 1950’s he taught at Black Mountain College.

In memoriam, 1926-2005.

Listen
Subscribe
Share on

Explore

Podcast | November 8, 2011

From Tijuana to Gaza to Bosnia: Rethinking Borders in a 21st Century World

Krzysztof Czyźewski, Dorit Cypis, Marcos Ramírez Erre, Josh Kun, Rubén Martínez, Ofelia Zepeda

Artists, scholars, and cultural activists from Europe, Mexico, and the United States convene in Los Angeles-home to migrants, refugees, and…

Podcast | April 20, 2017

Kingsley & Kate Tufts Poetry Awards

Vievee Francis, Phillip B. Williams

2017 marks the 25th anniversary of one of contemporary poetry’s most prestigious awards—Claremont Graduate University’s Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, given…

Podcast | April 13, 2017

How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything

Rosa Brooks

War used to be a temporary state of affairs, but in today’s post 9/11-world America’s wars are everywhere and forever.…

Podcast | March 9, 1997

City of Refuge: The Exiled Writer in Los Angeles

Majid Naficy, Anchee Min, SAID

This program includes readings and discussion among writers in exile from their native countries. Majid Naficy, an Iranian poet who…

Podcast | November 9, 2009

Sonata Mulattica

Rita Dove

In a lyric narrative inspired by history and imagination, the former U.S. Poet Laureate re-creates the life of a biracial…