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.