Robert Creeley was an American poet born in 1926 and associated with the Black Mountain Poets movement. He received the Lannan Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award for his collected works. He died at the age of 78 in 2005.
Creeley’s ‘I Know a Man’ is about the growing darkness gnawing at the human soul, affecting its light and diminishing its inherent goodness. This poem hints at the condition of humankind in modern times.
In ‘The Flower,’ Robert Creeley meditates upon a full-blooded flower and tries to fill his soul with its spiritual energy. He creates a contrast between awakening and ignorance through the image of the “patient flower.”