Robert Creeley. Collection, 1965-1969.
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Biographical / Historical Note

Emerging as a young poet in the late 1940's, Creeley corresponded with those members of the previous literary generation whom he regarded as mentors: Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, Louis Zukofsky, Basil Bunting, Edward Dahlberg, to name just a few. Together with Charles Olson, Creeley transformed Modernist poetics into a new one which is most commonly referred to as the Black Mountain School after the North Carolina college of which Olson was rector and Creeley a faculty member in the mid-1950's. In their correspondence, Creeley and Olson experimented with what Olson called "projective verse" .