In this Book

Collected Poems
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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, and includes an introduction by David Lehman.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. Introduction
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  1. Editor’s Note
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  1. Transmigration Solo
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  1. Preface
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  1. Lost Words
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  1. Life of Freedom
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  1. Sleep in Park
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  1. Descending the Slope
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  1. Feast of Visions
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  1. Floating Gardens
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  1. The Women
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  1. Lights of Childhood
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  1. Romance of Awakening
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  1. Invisible Autumn
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  1. Metaphorical Desert
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  1. Celebration
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  1. O Heart Uncovered
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  1. His Universe Eyes
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  1. Pain Songs
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  1. Migratory Noon
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  1. Contrast
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  1. Dinosaurs of Pain
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  1. Frozen Lookout
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  1. Stolen Away
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  1. Starting Up Again
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  1. White Sky
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  1. Chains of Mountains
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  1. Resting
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  1. Pastoral
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  1. Transmigration Solo
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  1. In Full View of Sappho
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  1. Spell of Eternity
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  1. Note From St. Francis
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  1. Water: How Weather Feels the Cotton Hotels1960
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  1. fits of dawn1965
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  1. Introduction
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  1. Book I
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  1. Book II
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  1. Book III
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  1. Sea Level1964
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  1. Wild flowers out of Gas1967
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  1. Rain
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  1. White Fish in Reeds
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  1. In the Desert
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  1. The Wind is Blowing West
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  1. Indian Suffering
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  1. Warmth
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  1. A Song of Autumn
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  1. Funny Day
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  1. Spring of work Storm
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  1. Autumn-Time, Wind and the Planet Pluto
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  1. A Story in Winter
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  1. The Plant is Growing
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  1. End
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  1. Drunken Winter
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  1. Skies
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  1. Is it impossible to know where the impulse has Originated?
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  1. Not a Baby
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  1. Wild Provoke of the Endurance Sky
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  1. Dangers of the Journey to the Happy Land
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  1. In My Crib
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  1. Don’t Break It
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  1. Spring
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  1. Happiness in the Trees
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  1. The Book of Wild Flowers
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  1. Spring in This World of Poor Mutts1968
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  1. It Is Morning
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  1. Caught in the Swamp
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  1. After the Rain
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  1. Dusk
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  1. Heart Feels the Water
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  1. Lighthouse
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  1. May
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  1. Cool Breeze
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  1. Ocean
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  1. In The Grass
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  1. Ho Ho Ho Caribou
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  1. Red Sun
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  1. Fill and Illumined
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  1. Noise Outside
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  1. Winter Song
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  1. When the First Tree Blossoms
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  1. Passivation
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  1. Doubts
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  1. Before it is Destroyed
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  1. Nothing
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  1. Floods
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  1. Sculpture
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  1. Passion for the Sky
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  1. Road of Trials
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  1. Pregnant, I Come
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  1. Both Close by Me, Both
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  1. Spring in this World of Poor mutts
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  1. Data
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  1. Autumn Break
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  1. Lonely in the Park
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  1. Football
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  1. Tripod
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  1. I Like to Collapse
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  1. Down
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  1. Soul in Migration
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  1. Polar Flower
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  1. Orchard
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  1. Struggling
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  1. Grow
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  1. Risk
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  1. Fly
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  1. Mountains
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  1. The Green Lake Is Awake
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  1. The Hellgate 1969–1975
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  1. Interior of the Poem 1971
  2. pp. 215-222
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  1. INRI (1979)
  2. pp. 223-223
  1. O Moon
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  1. Alone Swollen
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  1. Another World
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  1. Question Haunting
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  1. Birth Fay
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  1. Vision
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  1. Lve Today
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  1. Perched
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  1. Promontory
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  1. Bloodsucker
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  1. RampantGod
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  1. Earth
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  1. Trouble
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  1. Experience
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  1. Hotel
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  1. Space Out
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  1. Mistake
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  1. Apology
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  1. No Help
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  1. Freedom
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  1. Within
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  1. Dangerous Journey
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  1. Worse Enemy
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  1. Not One
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  1. Fable
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  1. Bad Ass
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  1. Mixture
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  1. Broken
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  1. Layout
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  1. Reborn
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  1. Futura
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  1. Internal Rays
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  1. Apocalypse
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  1. Awareness
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  1. Macro
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  1. Rsing Sound
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  1. Hard or Soft
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  1. Lghting Up
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  1. Job
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  1. The Car
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  1. Beyond Phony
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  1. Inside
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  1. Unable to Move
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  1. Pass Me By
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  1. Hard Energy
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  1. Motion
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  1. Stupor
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  1. Cuando Amenecer El Sol
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  1. Spring Breeze
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  1. Sleeping One
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  1. Hunting
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  1. This Land
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  1. Old Friend Hung
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  1. The Gods In Me
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  1. Future Landscape
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  1. Imaginary Styx
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  1. Disasters
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  1. End of the World
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  1. Reality Printed
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  1. Marginal Existence
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  1. Footing
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  1. Continuum
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  1. If I Can't
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  1. River Flooded
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  1. The Forest Setness
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  1. Non-Spatial
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  1. Runs Me Over
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  1. Flight
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  1. But
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  1. To Seed
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  1. Manure
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  1. A Cave Man’s Dream
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  1. Ritual
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  1. Basic Heart
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  1. The Winds of the Comet
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  1. Negative Mountain Peak
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  1. Infinite Thunder
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  1. Ghost of Spring
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  1. Millenium Dust 1982
  2. pp. 257-257
  1. Winds of the Comet
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  1. Apollo in the Night
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  1. Millenium Dust
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  1. Mad Angels 1976–1988
  2. pp. 333-333
  1. 1976–1982
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  1. 1983
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  1. 1984
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  1. 1985
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  1. 1986
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  1. 1987
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  1. 1988
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  1. Indexes
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