Creeley as Therapy
By Ed Sanders
He ran an ad in
the health section
of the local weekly
“Cure Mental Crises with Creeley.”
And you know 12 people
paid $175 for an 8-week workshop!
Enough to put in a new shower stall!
He sat them at ease
in a circle of chairs
each of them holding
The Collected Poems of Robert Creeley 1975-2005
and then they opened it up at random
the curative feel
of the words
as they would relate
to the reader’s particular crisis.
Smiles cracked the circle
& sometimes tears!
They begged him to hold another one
especially as the calendar
ED SANDERS will read/perform his “Salute to Spain Rodriguez” and other works at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, 1300 Elmwood Ave., in conjunction with the culmination of “Spain: Rock, Roll, Rumbles, Rebels & Revolution,” the retrospective exhibit of the Buffalo-born underground comic book artist Manuel “Spain” Rodriguez. Sanders was co-founder of the legendary 1960s folk-satire group, The Fugs; author of “The Family” (1971), a profile of the events leading up to the Tate-LaBianca murders; founder of the Investigative Poetry movement, and publisher of the Woodstock Journal, in which this poem about the late Robert Creeley, co-founder of the UB Poetics Program, originally appeared.