A Simple Good-bye to Robert Creeley
didn't know Robert Creeley well. A few years ago he substituted
for another poetry teacher for only one class. I was in St. Petersburg,
Russia studying at Herzen University with Summer Literary Semester
when he appeared miraculously at the head of the table in the small
room where our group met. I was in awe at the opportunity to learn
from him, so in awe that I forgot to take notes. I remember that
he said something about "poetry misunderstood." I thought
he meant that beginning poets try to get too fancy, too literary,
then I have noticed that he has always heeded his own advice. I
especially love the simplicity of his later poems. We all grow more
aware of our mortality as we age. His poem "Goodbye" seems
as if it were written to serve as his own eulogy.
century was well along
I came in
now that it's ending,
realize it won't
talks of love. Says that his body is impatient. And then he says
poignantly (and simply), "I want no more than home."
Creeley has what he wanted. Good-bye and thank you.
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