Featured Artist: m creech
Charlotte poet Morri Creech aspires to write poems that are not only formal and well-crafted but also connect contemporary experience to a larger literary, theological, philosophical, and historical milieu. He is a 2011–2012 N.C. Arts Council Fellowship recipient.
“My work is motivated by a desire to know, compose, and express my identity in the fullest human context,” Creech says. “It is equally motivated by anxiety, insecurity, and vanity, along with a continuing baffled humility before the significant achievements of better writers.”
His principal influences include William Butler Yeats, John Donne, Emily Dickinson, Robert Lowell, Philip Larkin, Richard Wilbur, Eavan Boland, Derek Mahon, Anthony Hecht and a host of others. Creech's second collection of poems was the 2005 winner of a prize named after Hecht, who with Wilbur upheld the standard of formal poetry in the generation of American poets that came of age in the 1940s.
“I am fascinated by what constitutes literary ‘tradition,’” Creech says, “its dynamic aspects, its dependence on what has come before to create new and original works, as well as its parallels to the evolutions and revolutions of individual human personality.”
Creech’s publications include Paper Cathedrals (Kent University Press, 2001), Field Knowledge (Waywiser Press, 2006) and the forthcoming The Sleep of Reason (Waywiser Press, 2013). He was the recipient of a 2007 National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship and the Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize (2000).
“There are a great many more formalists in or just ahead of Creech's contingent (he was born in 1970), but perhaps none combines gravity and grace as he does … This man's good,” writes Ray Olson in Booklist.
Creech holds an M.F.A. in creative writing from McNeese State University, Lake Charles, Louisiana.
Two poems by Morri Creech: