Cover

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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 2-7

Contents

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pp. vii-xii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xiii-xiv

The late Massachusetts congressman Tip O’Neil famously remarked that all politics is local. For Vincent Ferrini, poetry is also local, but reaches for the Infinite. Hence, he has had a complex, fruitful relationship with the places he has lived and the people around him. ...

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Introduction

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pp. xv-xxxii

Venanzio Ferrini was born to Rena DeCarlo and Giovanni Ferrini in Saugus, Massachusetts, on June 24, 1913. He grew up poor in the Brickyard section of nearby Lynn, the hub of America’s shoemaking industry. While Lynn had originally depended on the production methods of small, individual artisan shops, that had given way to the machine-based factory system. ...

Shoe City

The City

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pp. 3-36

Jeffery Tallcott

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pp. 4-5

Peter Joyce

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pp. 6-39

Tanney Bronson

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pp. 7-40

Nora Omen

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pp. 8-41

William McCarthy

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pp. 9-42

The Factories

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pp. 10-11

Fluoroscope of Evening

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pp. 12-45

Workshops in Labor

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pp. 13-14

The City with Empty Closets

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pp. 15-48

Letter to My Brother

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pp. 16-49

Forge Plant

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pp. 17-50

Termites in the Floor

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pp. 18-19

Ignorance Escapes from the Tomb

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pp. 20-21

Under the Heel

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pp. 22-55

Live Cemeteries

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pp. 23-24

The Reign of Beasts

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pp. 25-58

Photograph of Starved Child Dumped in a Burial Cart

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pp. 26-59

Fishtown

Fishcutters

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pp. 29-62

Folksong

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pp. 30-63

A Little Autobiography

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pp. 31-64

This House

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pp. 32-65

In the Arriving (excerpts)

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pp. 33-38

The Square Root of In (excerpts)

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pp. 39-40

The Other Side

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pp. 41-74

The Garden of the Apocalypse

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pp. 42-75

The Gold

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pp. 43-76

Spades

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pp. 44-77

Aria

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pp. 45-78

The Theia Mania of Charles Olson

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pp. 46-47

In the Wake of Night I Beheld the Generations

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pp. 48-51

Dialogue with Thoreau

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pp. 52-53

Moon Soliloquy

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pp. 54-56

Know Fish

The Flood Time of Fishing

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pp. 59-62

A Song of Rage

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pp. 63-96

Council Meeting

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pp. 64-65

The Bulldozers Get the Fishermen’s Institute

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pp. 66-99

Pharaoh Otto Bosselman

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pp. 67-100

Mural of the Harbor

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pp. 68-69

Angel of Death

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pp. 70-103

Blacklisted

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pp. 71-104

Blessing of the Gasoline Tankers

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pp. 72-105

Cativo

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pp. 73-106

Ballad ov da Cut

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pp. 74-107

Torch Moynahan

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pp. 75-108

Fort Defiance

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pp. 76-109

Rag Picca: Trowaways

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pp. 77-110

Da Summa Creche: Da Castagnaccis

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pp. 78-111

Duntouchables

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pp. 79-112

Da Loss ov da Capt Cosmos

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pp. 80-113

Divinin Rod

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pp. 81-114

Patty Welch’s Dream & Mimi Dreamin

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pp. 82-115

The Navigators

One

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pp. 85-87

December 26, 1969

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pp. 88-121

January 23, 1970

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pp. 89-122

September 3, 1970

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pp. 90-123

September 29th of the lost year

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pp. 91-124

August 5th, another lost year

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pp. 92-93

August 7, 1976

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pp. 94-127

November 3/1977

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pp. 95-128

Gloucester A.D. 1973

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pp. 96-97

Charley Olson

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pp. 98-131

The Ghost of Rocky Neck

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pp. 99-100

The Community of Self

We are born sleepworking

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pp. 101-102

At the Brink

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pp. 103-104

A Preface to the Art of Fishing

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pp. 105-108

We Are the Wildflowers

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pp. 109-143

The Winter of Ideologies

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pp. 110-144

Sea Medicine

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pp. 111-145

Stale Supper

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pp. 112-146

The Holiest of Holies

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pp. 113-147

The Olson Strain

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pp. 114-148

The Salt Marshes of Our Lady

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pp. 115-117

Mount Ann

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pp. 118-119

The Date

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pp. 120-121

Answers

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pp. 122-123

Wraith Reading

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pp. 124-158

The Big Question

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pp. 125-126

This Other Ocean

Ellis Island Rediscovered

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pp. 129-163

The Interrogation

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pp. 130-164

Visa

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pp. 131-165

A Poem Is Made Of

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pp. 132-166

The Gas Poem

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pp. 133-134

Hunger

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pp. 135-136

The Gold Miner

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pp. 137-140

July 4, 1776, Sign of Interdependencies

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pp. 141-142

Foreknowing

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pp. 143-144

Magdalene Silences

Journey to Raiano

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pp. 147-151

Love Song for the Jews

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pp. 152-154

Miriam

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pp. 155-158

The Magi Image

IHS (excerpts)

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pp. 161-165

Song of the Amaranth

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pp. 166-200

The Rocks of Wisdom

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pp. 167-170

The Indweller

The Alchemy of the Poem

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pp. 173-176

Rhapsody of the God Fish

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pp. 177-178

Beyond 9/11

The Whole Song

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pp. 181-182

A Fact of No Time

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pp. 183-184

Appendix: Onions & Bread—From a Rediscovered Manuscript

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pp. 185-190

Notes to the Poems

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pp. 191-202

Vincent Ferrini Bibliography

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pp. 203-206

Index of Titles

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pp. 207-208

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About the Author

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pp. 243-246

Vincent Ferrini has published thirty books of poetry, several plays, and an autobiography. A people’s poet, he has written about class tensions, political exploitation, and institutionalized greed. Ferrini has resided in Gloucester, Massachusetts, since 1948. ...