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Robert Creeley, 78; Postmodern Poet, Professor

I want, if older,

still to know

why, human, men

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and women are torn, so lost

why hopes cannot

find a better world

than this.

Mr. Creeley published more than 60 books of poetry, numerous essays and articles and more than a dozen books of prose. His numerous honors include two Fulbright fellowships, a Guggenheim fellowship, Yale University's biennial Bollingen Prize in Poetry and a National Book Award nomination.

Survivors include his wife of 28 years, Penelope Highton of Providence; three children from the first marriage, David Ebitz of State College, Pa., Thomas Creeley of Hudson, Maine, and Charlotte Creeley of Brockton, Mass.; two daughters from the second marriage, Sarah Creeley of Hercules, Calif., and Katherine Hoeck of Boulder, Colo.; two children from the third marriage, William Creeley and Hannah Creeley, both of New York; and a stepdaughter, Kirsten Hoeck of California.

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