Tales Out of School
Five revealing interviews with an American poet whose skills were honed by the upheavals of the 1960s
Since the publication of Robert Creeley’s first book of poems, Le Fou, more than forty years ago, he has emerged as one of the most important and original voices in contemporary poetry. Tales Out of School selects five extended interviews that point to Creeley’s artistic influences and reveal the subjects that have preoccupied the poet’s imagination. The interviews cover a range of themes, including Creeley’s childhood and early writing, the influence of jazz on his work, the history of the Black Mountain School, the relationship of geography to the creative process, and the influences and friendship of other poets, including Pound, Williams, Ginsberg, Levertov, Duncan, and Olson. Taken together, the interviews provide an active context for and complement an understanding of this significant and prolific poet’s achievement.
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". . . a wonderful book and, now more than ever, a necessary book. . . . Robert Creeley's thoughts--about what poetry is, what the act and the experience of writing poetry are--break all theories and redeem them. . . . Tales Out of School offers brilliant instruction and delight."
--Harvard Review Poetry Room
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