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By Ekbert Faas

In this biography Ekbert Faas pioneers a brand new type of "life-writing." It tells its tales during the feelings, options, and, notably, language of the dramatis personae, replacing the authorial omniscience of conventional biography for an utter constancy to assets. taking into account contradictory viewpoints, anecdotes are instructed and re-told, letting Creeley display himself underneath the myths created by means of self-invention, wishful pondering, and, occasionally, distortion. Excerpts from autobiographical writings via the poet's first spouse, Ann McKinnon, entire this intriguingly vibrant and complicated picture.

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Apparently, his other self as the hipster rebel had survived alongside the repentant sinner. " A letter to Aunt Bernice written in June 1945 giyes the reformed sinner's urbane description of Rangoon where, after doing service in another tough spot around Pegu, he spent a month in a hospital recovering from accumulated ailments such as foot rot and jungle sores. He enjoyed the wonderful feeling of being dry, sleeping without noisy interruptions, and eating other things than bully beef and biscuits.

The answer is simple: an equally confidential report by Bob's headmaster, the Reverend Edric Amory Weld. " How about Bob's intellectual curiosity and ambition? He seemed to have a reasonable amount of both. Was his scholastic record due to conscientious industry or rather brilliance of mind? He worked pretty nearly up to his ability. Was Bob a loner? Not at all. He was gregarious by disposition and rather depended on other people. Any leadership qualities? He had held class offices but, in the reverend's mind, lacked independence of judgment.

Constance also undermined her ward's self-esteem, calling her fat, gauche, ugly, and stupid. Yet there was more to Ann than the downtrodden, innocent waif that all these stories made her out to be. Helen, thoroughly amused, got Bob to tell it all. ROBERT CREELEY 33 What did Ann look like? A pretty but plain face with wide apart eyes, the nose with a slight snub. Once at a friend's birthday party, Ann, normally allowed no more than one or two cookies per dinner, glutted herself on cake and ice cream.

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