The Warning

By Robert Creeley 1926–2005 Robert Creeley
For love—I would
split open your head and put   
a candle in
behind the eyes.

Love is dead in us
if we forget
the virtues of an amulet   
and quick surprise.

Robert Creeley, “The Warning” from The Collected Poems of Robert Creeley, 1945-1975. Copyright © 1992 by the Regents of the University of California. Reprinted with the permission of the University of California Press, www.ucpress.edu.

Source: The Collected Poems of Robert Creeley 1945-1975 (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 Relationships, Love, Desire

 Robert  Creeley

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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 Relationships, Love, Desire

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

SCHOOL / PERIOD Black Mountain

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