The Rescue

By Robert Creeley 1926–2005 Robert Creeley
The man sits in a timelessness   
with the horse under him in time   
to a movement of legs and hooves   
upon a timeless sand.

Distance comes in from the foreground   
present in the picture as time
he reads outward from
and comes from that beginning.

A wind blows in
and out and all about the man   
as the horse ran
and runs to come in time.

A house is burning in the sand.   
A man and horse are burning.   
The wind is burning.
They are running to arrive.

Robert Creeley, “The Rescue” from Selected Poems of Robert Creeley. Copyright © 1991 by the Regents of the University of California. Reprinted with the permission of the University of California Press, www.ucpress.edu.

Source: Selected Poems (1991)

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Poet Robert Creeley 1926–2005

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

SCHOOL / PERIOD Black Mountain

Subjects Pets, Relationships

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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Once known primarily for his association with the group called the “Black Mountain Poets,” at the time of his death in 2005, Robert Creeley was widely recognized as one of the most important and influential American poets of the twentieth century. His poetry is noted for both its concision and emotional power. Albert Mobilio, writing in the Voice Literary Supplement, observed: “Creeley has shaped his own audience. The much . . .

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SUBJECT Pets, Relationships

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

SCHOOL / PERIOD Black Mountain

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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