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Poems 1994-1996

by Robert Kelly

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Black Sparrow Press

ISBN: 978-1-57423-079-6
Pages: 192
Size: 5.88" x 8.91"
Published: November 1998
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Ninety poems by Robert Kelly. The poet writes: “Writing is the generosity of writing down whatever comes into your mind, in sequence, as true as you can, The diligence of working with that, in all the ways you can, to make it speak, to make it say more than you know. . . The patience to know that what the writing is saying is more important, always, than what you want to say. . . The moral discipline not to use the words to sell yourself or your ideas. The concentration to stay with the work under hand, stay inside it, thinking only with it and not beside it, letting all thinking and feeling come to focus in it, as it. The wisdom to know when you’re done. When it’s done.”

Kelly remains a true and original voice in American poetry. He is one of the few prolific writers whose every book is a welcome revelation. ––Bloomsbury Review
Robert Kelly's long project in verse, now filling nearly forty collections, has shown him to be a master of intellectual energy, kinetic power, and primal apprehension, with a range of interest and symbolic resonance as extensive and diverse as any contemporary poet's. The poems in The Time of Voice are perhaps his most accessible to date, underscoring the familiar brilliance of mind and movement with a new depth of emotional understanding. This is writing that jumpstarts not only the cerebrum, nerves, and senses, but also the feeling heart: a poetry of key moments, necessary rituals, inevitable passages, recurrent beginnings and ends. ––Tom Clark
Robert Kelly knows that poetry is a struggle of the language to be more than itself, to mean more than language can normally say. Prose is logic; poetry is, at least partly, a shamanism. Kelly gets at the sense that there is something larger behind the everyday. ––New York Press
Author: Robert Kelly
Robert Kelly has published more than fifty books of poetry and prose. He was born in Brooklyn and educated at City College and Columbia University. Soon after finishing his studies at Columbia, Kelly accepted a position at Bard College, where he is currently the Asher B. Edelman Professor of Literature and the Co-Director of the Program in Written Arts. He also serves on the editorial board of Poetry International. He lives in Dutchess County, New York, which named him their Poet Laureate in 2016.