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Creeley Song by Peter Gizzi

all that is lovely

in words, even

if gone to pieces

all that is lovely

gone, all of it

for love and


as if I were

writing this

hello, listen

the plan is

the body and

all of it for love

now in pieces

all that is lovely

echoes still

in life & death

still memory

gardens open

onto windows

lovely, the charm

that mirrors

all that was, all

that is, lovely

in a song

About the Poet

Peter Gizzi - Just Buffalo Literary Center - Buffalo NY

Peter Gizzi is an American poet, essayist, editor and teacher. He holds degrees from New York University, Brown University and the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he received his Ph.D in English in 1997.

He is the author of eleven full-length collections of poetry, including “In Defense of Nothing: Selected Poems 1987-2011” (Wesleyan University Press, 2014), “Archeophonics” (Wesleyan, 2016), “Now It’s Dark” (Wesleyan, 2020), and his latest, “Fierce Elegy” (Wesleyan, 2023), in which this poem appears. He has also published several limited-edition chapbooks, folios, and artist books.

Gizzi’s honors include the Lavan Younger Poet Award from the Academy of American Poets (1994) and fellowships in poetry from The Fund for Poetry (1993), The Rex Foundation (1993), Howard Foundation (1998), The Foundation for Contemporary Arts (1999), and The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (2005). He has twice been the recipient of The Judith E. Wilson Visiting Fellow in Poetry at The University of Cambridge (2011, 2015-16). In 2018 Wesleyan published “In the Air: Essays on the Poetry of Peter Gizzi.”

Since 2001, he has been a professor in the MFA Program for Poets & Writers at The University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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