On Earth: Last Poems and an Essay

Stephen Burt writes:

For a spell during the 1960s, Robert Creeley’s ‘I Know a Man’ may have been the most often quoted, even the most widely known, short poem by a living American. Here is the poem:

As I sd to my\ friend, because I am\ always talking, – John, I

sd, which was not his\ name, the darkness sur-\ rounds us, what

can we do against\ it, or else, shall we &\ why not, buy a goddamn big car,

drive, he sd, for\ christ’s sake, look\ out where yr going.

(LRB 21 February 2008)

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