The Window

By Robert Creeley 1926–2005 Robert Creeley
Position is where you   
put it, where it is,
did you, for example, that

large tank there, silvered,   
with the white church along-
side, lift

all that, to what   
purpose? How   
heavy the slow

world is with   
everything put   
in place. Some

man walks by, a   
car beside him on   
the dropped

road, a leaf of   
yellow color is   
going to

fall. It
all drops into   
place. My

face is heavy
with the sight. I can   
feel my eye breaking.

Robert Creeley, “The Window” 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,

Source: Poetry (June 1964).


This poem originally appeared in the June 1964 issue of Poetry magazine

June 1964
 Robert  Creeley


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 Time & Brevity, Living

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

SCHOOL / PERIOD Black Mountain

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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