Collected Poems

ISBN-10: 0819573418

ISBN-13: 9780819573414

Edition: 2012

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Description: Like an underground river, the astonishing poems of Joseph Ceravolo have nurtured American poetry for fifty years, a presence deeply felt but largely invisible. Collected Poems offers the first full portrait of Ceravolo's aesthetic trajectory, bringing to light the highly original voice that was operating at an increasing remove from the currents of the time. From a poetics associated with Frank O'Hara and John Ashbery to an ever more contemplative, deeply visionary poetics similar in sensibility to Zen and Dante, William Blake and St. John of the Cross, this collection shows how Ceravolo's poetry takes on a direct, quiet lyricism: intensely dedicated to the natural and spiritual life of the individual. As Ron Silliman notes, Ceravolo's later work reveals him to be "one of the most emotionally open, vulnerable and self-knowing poets of his generation." Many new pieces, including the masterful long poem "The Hellgate," are published here for the first time. This volume is a landmark edition for American poetry.

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List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Publication date: 1/23/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 596
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.046
Language: English

Transmigration Solo (1960-1965, PUB. 1979)
Lost Words
Life of Freedom
Sleep in Park
Descending the Slope
Feast of Visions
Floating Gardens
The Women
Lights of Childhood
Romance of Awakening
Invisible Autumn
Metaphorical Desert
Celebration
O Heart Uncovered
His Universe Eyes
Pain Songs
Migratory Noon
Contrast
Dinosaurs of Pain
Frozen Lookout
Stolen Away
Starting Up Again
White Sky
Chains of Mountains
Resting
Pastoral
Transmigration Solo
In Full View of Sappho
Spell of Eternity
Note from St. Francis
"Water: How Weather Feels the Cotton Hotels"
Fits of Dawn (1961, PUB. 1965)
Intro (*1980)
Book I
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Morning
Book II
Part 1
Part 2
Book III - The green lake is awake (*version 1, see STWPM)
"O gong of wept..."
The Crocus Turn and gods
A story from the bushmen
"Sea Level"
Wild Flowers Out of Gas (1967)
Rain
White Fish in Reeds
In the Desert
The Wind is Blowing West
Indian Suffering
Warmth
A Song of Autumn
Funny Day
Spring of Work Storm
Autumn-Time, Wind and the Planet Pluto
A Story in Winter
The Plant is Growing
End
Drunken Winter
Skies
Is It Impossible To Know Where The Impulse Has Originated?
Not A Baby
Wild Provoke of the Endurance Sky
Dangers of the Journey to the Happy Land
In My Crib
Don't Break It
Spring
Happiness in the Trees
The Book of Wild Flowers
Passivation (*Short version, see STWPM)
Spring in this World of Poor Mutts (1968)
It is morning
Caught in the swamp
After the rain
Dusk
Heart feels the water
Lighthouse
The wind is blowing west (*Same as in WFOG)
May
Warmth (*Same as in WFOG)
Cool breeze
Ocean
White fish in reeds (*Same as in WFOG)
In the grass
Ho ho ho caribou
Red sun
Indian suffering (*Same as in WFOG)
Fill and illumined
Noise outside
Winter song
When the first tree blossoms
Passivation (*Long version, see WFOG)
Doubts
Before it is destroyed
Nothing
Floods
Sculpture
Passion for the sky
Road of trials
Pregnant, I come
Both close by me, both
Spring in this world of poor mutts
Data
A song of autumn (*Same as in WFOG)
Autumn break
Lonely in the park
Football
Tripod
I like to collapse
Down
Autumn-time, wind and the planet Pluto (*Same as in WFOG)
Soul in migration
Drunken winter (*Same as in WFOG)
Wild provoke of the endurance sky (*Same as in WFOG)
Polar flower
Orchard
Struggling
Grow
Dangers of the journey to the happy land (*Same as in WFOG)
Risk
Happiness in the trees (*Same as in WFOG)
Fly
The book of wild flowers (*Same as in WFOG)
Mountains
The green lake is awake (*Version 2, see FOD)
"The Hellgate" (1969-75)
"Testament"
"Departure"
"The Bridge of the Dead"
"Putrification, The Armed Woods"
"Interior of the Poem" (1971 & 1979)
Inri (1979)
O Moon
Alone Swollen
Another World
Question Haunting
Birth Day
Vision
Live Today
Perched
Promontory
Bloodsucker
Rampant God
Earth
Trouble
Experience
Hotel
Space Out
Mistake
Apology
No Help
Freedom
Within
Dangerous Journey
Worse Enemy
Not One
Fable
Bad Ass
Mixture
Broken
Layout
Reborn
Futura
Internal Rays
Apocalypse
Awareness
Macro
Rising Sound
Hard or Soft
Lighting Up
Job
The Car
Beyond Phony
Inside
Unable to Move
Pass Me By
Hard Energy
Motion
Stupor
Cuando Amenecer El Sol [*Cuando amenece el sol?]
Spring Breeze
Sleeping One
Hunting
This Land
Old Friend Hung
The Gods in Me
Future Landscape
Imaginary Styx
Disasters
End of the World
Reality Printed
Marginal Existence
Footing
Continuum
If I Can't
River Flooded
The Forest Wetness
Non-spacial [*Non-spatial]
Runs Me Over
Flight
But
To Seed
Manure
A Cave Man's Dream
Ritual
Basic Heart
The Winds of the Comet
Negative Mountain Peak
Infinite Thunder
Ghost of Spring
Millenium Dust (1982)
Winds of the Comet
Volcano Tears
Bright Sun
Wet Sand
Cross Fire
Savage Nocturne
A Last Song
Spiral
Geological Hymn
Barbaric
The Catskills
Today's Night
Sleeping by the Rocks
Drunk on the Brain
The Spirit Mercury
Rhythm
White Dwarf
Inside Story
Escape to Atlantis
Winds of the Comet
Survival
Fire of Myself
Body of Earth
Not Afraid of the Dark
Generations of Clouds
Waves Apart
Cooling Galaxy
The Rocket
Apollo in the Night
Storm Breaking Over
Hills
Night Wander
Cold Night Alone
Morning Insults
Conception
Milky Ways
Time On Earth
Instantaneous Takes Time
That's Where It Is
Projection
Star Song
Earthquake
Voice On My Birthday
Inland
Illuminant Before Dawn
Late Birds
Summer Lightning
Perpetual Life
Apollo In The Night
Great Plains
A Railway Stop
Night Birds
Millenium Dust
Longer Trip
Dawn Hunt
Cardinal Conjunction
Sacred and Profane
Ignition of Dawn
Body Weight
Hymn to Earth
Kyrie Eleison
Can't Sleep
New Realism
Good Friday
Mood
Birth in the Dunes
Shifting Lives
Fever
Tensions
Meadowlands
Gravity Awakening
To Open Regions
Reversals
Unemployment
Full Bloom
Not Really Punishment
Nude Madness
Crazy Death
Park Thoughts
Concealed Wound
Ocean Body
Glass and Steel Structures
The New World
No More People
Brook
Millenium Dust
Montauk
Unfinished Sonnet
Dirty Snow
Tidelands
Final Dimensions
After Image
Mad Angels (1976-1988)
1976-1982
Body Jet - May 10, 1976
Love Eyes - May 1976
What It's Like - January 4, 1977
Espacio - February 1, 1977
Haunting Ghosts - February 22, 1977
Rte 3 into N.Y. - March 3, 1977
Just at the Beginning of Summer - June 20, 1977
Scope - December 1977
Words from a Young Father (Leaving Body) - January 28, 1978
Requiem - February 13, 1978
April Already - April 5, 1978
Assimilation in the Streets of This City - April 7, 1978
Night Ride - April 7, 1978
"In one day everything's green..." - April 26, 1978
Holy - May 3, 1978
Deo Te Salve - May 6, 1978
Tongues - May 23, 1978
"The night gets lonely..." - May 25, 1978
Crazy in the Night - May 25, 1978
Mayhem - May 26, 1978
"Taking me away..." - June 1, 1978
Sub-Scape -- June 1, 1978
Signals -- July 6, 1978
Apology - Feb. 7, 1979
"Tie one on, tie it on..." - Feb. 8, 1979
Supplication - March 1980
Positive Disintegration - December 17, 1980
Aurora - No date
Lament #1 - December 24, 1981
Lament #2 - August 1982
Asia - August 1982
Middle of Winter (off of the Hudson) - November 29, 1982
Dirt - July 1982
Sunset - September 22, 1982
"It only takes a machine..." - November 1982
Verses of the Soul Suffering to See God
1983
Rain Forest Ode - February 1983
Earth So Beautiful - February 1983
Dominica -- February 1983
Forest Dreams - February 1983
Over Music - June 30, 1983
"Hold me light, hold me tight..." - July 22, 1983
To the Death of a Poet - July 25, 1983
Long Sonnet -- July 27, 1983
"Where have I got time..." - July 27, 1983
City Scape - July 27, 1983
Blind - *July 29, 1983, rewrite 12/4/84
Guitar Ode - *August 1, 1983, rewrite 12/2/84
"The first August day is over..." - August 1, 1983
Sunburn - August 2, 1983
Linear Ballad - August 3, 1983
The Amphibian - August 8, 1983
"Rain cycle, hold my brains..." - August 12, 1983
"I hear the music from below..." - August 12, 1983
It's Only Glue - September 19, 1983
Builders or Large Moon Rise - September 19, 1983
"Here's a traveler in the womb..." - December, 1983
Spirit Matter - December 7, 1983
Tones - December 15, 1983
"All winter the..." - December 23, 1983
Night Flash - December 28, 1983
"Do a little job..." - December 29, 1983
1984
"The squirrel leaping frightens..." - January 2, 1984
"Sunny day with ice..." - January 26, 1984
Fault - February 8, 1984
Planet Sonnet - February 1, 1984
Lament No. 3 -- February 13, 1984
Forgive - February 22, 1984
City - March 14, 1984
Spring Rise - March 21, 1984
Grand Jury - April 2, 1984
Indian Song
Release - April 8, 1984
Jet Resurrection - April 16, 1984
Mother Land - April 27, 1984
Above Clouds Above - April 27, 1984
Legacy - May 1, 1984
"The pains of children..." - May 3, 1984
"Where am I now?..." - May 10, 1984
Serenade No. 1 - May 15, 1984
Why God should know the Gods - May 18, 1984
War - June 12, 1984
Silent - June 15, 1984
"Floating emotions..." - July 6, 1984
"O ancient Rivers..." - July 7, 1984
Pre-Christian - July 10, 1984
Simple Creation I - July 1984
Simple Creation II
"Minor eruptions in the air..." - July 31, 1984
Dead Sea Scrolls - August 1, 1984
"If I left..." - August 13, 1984
"The migration flaps..." - August 15, 1984
Hermit Gambler - August 16, 1984
Alive - August 23, 1984
Woods - August 26, 1984
Dirty Benediction - September 1984
Elegy - September 4, 1984
Toxic Wastes - September 9, 1984
Autumn Torches - September 10, 1984
Libera Me - September 24, 1984
"I lean on my bus..." - October 15, 1984
"How can I disconnect..." - October 17, 1984
Sonnet - October 1984
Stay - November 5, 1984
Thanksgiving Day - November 22, 1984
"O world without light..." - December 3, 1984
Street Wise Romantic - December 7, 1984
Lament #4 - December 11, 1984
A Piece of Glass - December 23, 1984
"Happy heart that sows the breeze..." - December 28, 1984
1984 - December 31, 1984
1985
"My intellect seems to breathe..." - January 2, 1985
If You Loved Me - January 4, 1985
Love Song - January 10, 1985
"Seagulls are in from the sea..." - January 11, 1985
Pages of Storms - January 15, 1985
Hungry - January 17, 1985
"Tile floor, open glass..." - February 1, 1985
Street Journal - February 8, 1985
"Dried up and dogged..." - February 11, 1985
Unfinished - February 12, 1985
Century Sonnet - February 15, 1985
"I'm not weeping and weeping..." - February 20, 1985
Freedom - February 20, 1985
Hospital - February 21, 1985
"This is not the place I want to be..." - February 25, 1985
Incantation - March 1, 1985
Pumping Iron - March 5, 1985
"'Du bist in meinen Blut'..." - March 5, 1985
Reggae - March 7, 1985
Courage - March 12, 1985
Morning Vespers - March 15, 1985
"9:01..." - March 19, 1985
Notoriety--Academy Awards - March 25, 1985
"The streets against their stomachs..."
Night Strokes - April 1, 1985
BMX - April 21, 85
Forecast - April 30, 1985
Ignorance Strong - May 10, 1985
Narrative Night - May 15, 1985
"On a night in a distant country..." - June 5, 1985
"I am not able to move..." - June 5, 1985
Sonnet - June 7, 1985
Hidden Bird - June 13, 1985
Lament #5 - June 20, 1985
Lethal Sonnet - June 28, 1985
"Closer and closer to the ground..." -July 9, 1985
Rain & Wolves Inhabit Me - July 26, 1985
All at Once - August 5, 1985
Life Sentence - August 5, 1985
"There is no way..." - August 8, 1985
Dragons and Dungeons - August 13, 1985
Ode Song - August 31, 1985
Mad Angels - August 31, 1985
One - September 3, 1985
The City - September 5, 1985
Ode - September 9, 1985
Dream Ode - October 24, 1985
"Dry leaves, light trees..." - October 31, 1985
People's Republic - November 13, 1985
Travelin' Blue Highway - November 8, 1985
"Volcano mud covering exquisite bodies..." - November 15, 1985
REAL #1 - November 18, 1985
Marketeers Entwined - November 20, 1985
The Comet Returns - December 1, 1985
Litanical - December 2, 1985
The Muscles of Animals - December 5, 1985
First Snow - December 6, 1985
Hymn - December 14, 1985
1986
New Year - January 2, 1986
"Where are we headed?..." - January 9, 1986
Melody for Food - January 16, 1986
Morning Touched - January 22, 1986
Mid Ocean - January 28, 1986
Lyric - January 29, 1986
"Lazy bodies with hidden knives..." - February 4, 1986
Rifle Shot - February 10, 1986
Winter - February 13, 1986
Amor & Psyche - February 14, 1986
Portrait Painter Realistic - March 5, 1986
Stampeding Visualizations - March 12, 1986
"Calm me!..." - March 13, 1986
"The Great Lakes are rising..." - March 19, 1986
Darkness Ode - March 26, 1986
Thoughts - April 14, 1986
Modern Sorrows - April 24, 1986
"I walked out. It was raining..." - May 1, 1986
Now - May 12, 1986
"Turn me around in your hands, O wind!..." - May 21, 1986
"I have a bad day today..." - May 28, 1986
"Looking at beetles and ants..." - June 3, 1986
"Smoke rises like claws that lock me in..." - June 18, 1986
Crescent Moon - June 20, 1986
Reprieve - June 26, 1986
"The purple plant, leaves thick..." - July 3, 1986
Hymn to Rain - July 12, 1986
Bad Thoughts - July 15, 1986
"I work in a dreamscape of reality..."
Characters - July 23, 1986
Come Clean - August 1, 1986
Complaint - August 27, 1986
Someone - August 28, 1986
Still Life - August 31, 1986
Morning - September 3, 1986
"The best time is when the body..."
"Song birds..." - September 1986
Nuclear Disaster - September 16, 1986
"Does loneliness take over the body..." - September 17, 1986
World War II - September 23, 1986
"Route 3 and lonely..." - October 5, 1986
Mass - October 5, 1986
Discovery - October 13, 1986
Angelic Meditation - October 20, 1986
Week Day - October 22, 1986
Hand Gun - October 24, 1986
"Between a rock and a hard place..." - October 25, 1986
"Am I a fool in the temperate sun..." - November 12, 1986
Subway - November 16, 1986
"Old world, there are roads in front..." - November 23, 1986
"Grind away, trumpet, beat away..." - November 26, 1986
"How could the comet be..." - November 28, 1986
Breeze - November 28, 1986
Traffic Sonnet - November 30, 1986
"Under high tension towers..." - December 7, 1986
"Hardly a lightening flies overhead..." - December 10, 1986
Spirit - December 13, 1986
Blues - December 16, 1986
Der Wanderer - December 23, 1986
"My deepness away from you..." - December 27, 1986
"What is a year ending?..." - December 29, 1986
"Overpayment, underpayment, Florida lakes..." - December 30, 1986
Observation - December 31, 1986
"It is cold, it is cloudy,..." - December 31, 1986
1987
"Consecrate the Birds..." - January 10, 1987
Winter Sonnet - January 10, 1987
Hymn - January 12, 1987
A Child Story - January 15, 1987
"I saw a red tail hawk..." - January 17, 1987
Mother and Father - January 17, 1987
Hotline for Youth - January 29, 1987
"As if snow could cleanse..." - January 30, 1987
Subway Walkman - January 31, 1987
Today's Benediction - February 2, 1987
"It's the quiet that we..." - February 3, 1987
"Tundra and dear, liberty and fear..." - February 4, 1987
"It's the eye looking at the self..." - February 5, 1987
Bird - February 6, 1987
Sun - February 7, 1987
Notes on the 20th Century Scientist - February 10, 1987
"'Crazy nut,' the girl said. They're..." - February 13, 1987
Sublimation - February 18, 1987
Unseen Sonnet - February 22, 1987
A Young Couple - February 23, 1987
"Morning breaks..." - February 24, 1987
OK - February 24, 1987
Cat of Eternity - February 25, 1987
Meditation (on Three Major Religions) - March 4, 1987
"The multitudes betray the fallen city. The glass..." - March 9, 1987
"Slowly my love..." - March 24, 1987
"O one of little turmoil..." - March 31, 1987
Koyaanisqatsi -- April 8, 1987
1988
Where Abstract Starts - undated -* "All the stars will be gone..." - January, 1988
Irish Entry - February 4, 1988
"Swamps and people live in a lake..." - March 7, 1988
"Turn the screw, bang the nail..." - March 17, 1988
"8:27, have a language, that bundles..." - March 29, 1988
"When you can choke off the under-..." - March 31, 1988
"A man listens to music next to me, and..." - March 31, 1988
"Song birds enter the morning..." - March 1988
"Happy heart that sews the breeze..." - March 1988
"When I think of all the fuckin' hours..." - March 1988
"When a spirit comes to me..." - March 1988
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