After Frost

By Robert Creeley 1926–2005 Robert Creeley
He comes here
by whatever way he can,   
not too late,
not too soon.

He sits, waiting.
He doesn’t know   
why he should
have such a patience.

He sits at a table   
on a chair.
He is comfortable   
sitting there.

No one else
in this room,
no others, no expectations,   
no sounds.

Had he walked   
another way,
would he be here,   
like they say.

Robert Creeley, "After Frost" from The Collected Poems of Robert Creeley, 1975-2005. Copyright © 2006 by Robert Creeley.  Reprinted by permission of University of California Press.

Source: The Collected Poems of Robert Creeley, 1975-2005. (University of California Press, 2006)

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Poet Robert Creeley 1926–2005

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

SCHOOL / PERIOD Black Mountain

Subjects Social Commentaries, Life Choices

Poetic Terms Mixed

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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 Social Commentaries, Life Choices

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

SCHOOL / PERIOD Black Mountain

Poetic Terms Mixed

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