A Marriage

By Robert Creeley 1926–2005 Robert Creeley
The first retainer   
he gave to her   
was a golden
wedding ring.

The second—late at night   
he woke up,
leaned over on an elbow,   
and kissed her.

The third and the last—
he died with
and gave up loving
and lived with her.

Robert Creeley, “A Marriage” 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 Marriage & Companionship, Love, Men & Women, Living, Relationships, Realistic & Complicated

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 Marriage & Companionship, Love, Men & Women, Living, Relationships, Realistic & Complicated

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

SCHOOL / PERIOD Black Mountain

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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