Robert Creeley (1926-2005) was one of America’s most celebrated poets and for more than half a century a leading figure in the literary avant-garde. He published more than 60 books of poetry, numerous essays and articles and more than a dozen books of prose. A revised and expanded edition of his Collected Poems is due in 2006. He edited a selection of Whitman’s poems for Penguin’s Poet to Poet series in 1973. His essay for the Spring 2005 issue of VQR, “Reflections on Whitman in Age,” was one of his last published essays.