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By Robert Creeley
The end of the year wears its face in the moon against the
disguises one would otherwise put upon it.
we turn away into reassuring daylight but backwards.
If it were the forward motion one wanted
Darling (she had gone) we speak as if there never were an
new minute, hour, or year, or nowhere.
House. Your hand is too far from me. Tree, speak. The moon is
Love, tell me the time. What time is it? The second, the moment
Of the strangeness of bending backwards until the mind is an
Endless black desert, the sand, in the night of the last moment
Robert Creeley (1926-2005) was one of the most important and influential American poets of the twentieth century. He was the author more than 60 books of poetry and other writing. For more than 30 years, Creeley taught at the State University of New York-Buffalo, helping to turn its poetics program into one of the most famous havens for avant-garde writing in the world. The audio of Creeley reading "New Year's" was recorded at Harvard University on Oct. 27, 1966, and is made available by PennSound, which is "an ongoing project, committed to producing new audio recordings and preserving existing audio archives."
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