More Robert Creeley. Last week we featured his reading of his poem dedicated in memoriam to Allen, “When I Heard The Learn’d Astronomer..” – Here‘s another, earlier one, (the reading is from the legendary 1965 Berkeley Poetry Conference).
The huge dog, Broderick, and
the smile of the quick eyes
of Allen light a kind world.
Their feelings under some distance
of remote skin, must touch,
wondering at what impatience does
block them. So little love
to share among so many, so much
yellow-orange hair on the one,
and on the other, such a darkness
of long hanging hair now, such
slightness of body, and a voice that
rises on the sounds of feeling
Aie! It raises the world, lifts,
falls, like a sudden sunlight. like
the edge of the black night sweeps
the low lying fields. of soft grasses,
bodies, fills them with quiet longing.
The poem was included in his book Words (1967), and also appears in The Collected Poems of Robert Creeley – Volume 1 (1945-1975) (1982) and Selected Poems (1945-2005) (2008)