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Collected Poems

Joseph Ceravolo

Publication Year: 2012

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.

Published by: Wesleyan University Press

Cover

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p. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 2-5

Dedication

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p. v-v

Contents

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pp. 8-23

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Introduction

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pp. xxiii-xxvii

In 2002, when two Pleiades editors solicited work for Dark Horses, an anthology of unjustly neglected poets, I was not the only contributor who put in for Joseph Ceravolo, but my hand went up first, and ...

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Editor’s Note

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pp. xxix-xxxi

At long last, Collected Poems brings together in one volume the poems by Joseph Ceravolo written between 1960 and 1988, including the six published books, as well as four long poems (two of which have never ...

Transmigration Solo

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Preface

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In the fall of 1960 I lived in the Colonia Ramos Millan, an outskirt of Mexico City. I had never felt as strong a connection between myself and a city. Nothing could move me from there. One day I saw ...

Lost Words

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Life of Freedom

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Sleep in Park

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Descending the Slope

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Feast of Visions

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Floating Gardens

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pp. 6-7

The Women

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Lights of Childhood

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p. 8-8

Romance of Awakening

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pp. 8-9

Invisible Autumn

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Metaphorical Desert

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Celebration

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pp. 10-11

O Heart Uncovered

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His Universe Eyes

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p. 12-12

Pain Songs

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pp. 12-17

Migratory Noon

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Contrast

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pp. 17-18

Dinosaurs of Pain

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p. 18-18

Frozen Lookout

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p. 18-18

Stolen Away

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p. 19-19

Starting Up Again

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p. 19-19

White Sky

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Chains of Mountains

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Resting

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Pastoral

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p. 21-21

Transmigration Solo

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p. 29-29

In Full View of Sappho

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p. 22-22

Spell of Eternity

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p. 23-23

Note From St. Francis

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p. 24-24

Water: How Weather Feels the Cotton Hotels1960

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pp. 25-37

fits of dawn1965

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Introduction

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p. 40-40

21st Century & Beyond Readers, please try not to consider this only a 20th Century piece of experimental poetry, for I only partly considered it just ...

Book I

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pp. 41-73

Book II

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pp. 74-94

Book III

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pp. 95-107

Sea Level1964

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pp. 109-120

Wild flowers out of Gas1967

Rain

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p. 123-123

White Fish in Reeds

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pp. 123-124

In the Desert

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p. 124-124

The Wind is Blowing West

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pp. 125-126

Indian Suffering

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pp. 126-127

Warmth

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p. 127-127

A Song of Autumn

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pp. 127-128

Funny Day

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p. 128-128

Spring of work Storm

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pp. 128-129

Autumn-Time, Wind and the Planet Pluto

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p. 129-129

A Story in Winter

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p. 130-130

The Plant is Growing

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pp. 130-131

End

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p. 131-131

Drunken Winter

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p. 132-132

Skies

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p. 132-132

Is it impossible to know where the impulse has Originated?

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pp. 132-133

Not a Baby

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pp. 133-134

Wild Provoke of the Endurance Sky

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pp. 134-135

Dangers of the Journey to the Happy Land

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p. 135-135

In My Crib

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pp. 135-136

Don’t Break It

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pp. 135-137

Spring

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p. 137-137

Happiness in the Trees

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pp. 137-138

The Book of Wild Flowers

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p. 138-138

Spring in This World of Poor Mutts1968

It Is Morning

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p. 141-141

Caught in the Swamp

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p. 141-141

After the Rain

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p. 141-141

Dusk

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p. 142-142

Heart Feels the Water

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p. 142-142

Lighthouse

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p. 142-142

May

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p. 143-143

Cool Breeze

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p. 144-144

Ocean

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p. 144-144

In The Grass

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p. 145-145

Ho Ho Ho Caribou

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pp. 145-149

Red Sun

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p. 149-149

Fill and Illumined

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p. 150-150

Noise Outside

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p. 150-150

Winter Song

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pp. 150-151

When the First Tree Blossoms

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p. 151-151

Passivation

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pp. 151-154

Doubts

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p. 154-154

Before it is Destroyed

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pp. 154-155

Nothing

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p. 155-155

Floods

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pp. 156-157

Sculpture

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p. 157-157

Passion for the Sky

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pp. 157-158

Road of Trials

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pp. 158-160

Pregnant, I Come

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p. 161-161

Both Close by Me, Both

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p. 162-162

Spring in this World of Poor mutts

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pp. 163-164

Data

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p. 165-165

Autumn Break

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p. 166-166

Lonely in the Park

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p. 166-166

Football

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p. 166-166

Tripod

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pp. 166-167

I Like to Collapse

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p. 167-167

Down

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p. 167-167

Soul in Migration

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pp. 167-168

Polar Flower

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pp. 168-169

Orchard

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p. 169-169

Struggling

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p. 170-170

Grow

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p. 170-170

Risk

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pp. 171-172

Fly

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pp. 171-172

Mountains

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p. 172-172

The Green Lake Is Awake

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pp. 172-183

The Hellgate 1969–1975

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pp. 185-214

Interior of the Poem 1971

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pp. 215-222

INRI (1979)

O Moon

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p. 225-225

Alone Swollen

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p. 225-225

Another World

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p. 226-226

Question Haunting

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p. 226-226

Birth Fay

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p. 226-226

Vision

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p. 227-227

Lve Today

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p. 227-227

Perched

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p. 228-228

Promontory

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p. 228-228

Bloodsucker

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p. 229-229

RampantGod

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p. 229-229

Earth

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p. 229-229

Trouble

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p. 230-230

Experience

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p. 230-230

Hotel

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p. 231-231

Space Out

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p. 231-231

Mistake

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p. 232-232

Apology

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p. 232-232

No Help

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p. 233-233

Freedom

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p. 233-233

Within

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p. 234-234

Dangerous Journey

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p. 234-234

Worse Enemy

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p. 234-234

Not One

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p. 235-235

Fable

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p. 235-235

Bad Ass

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p. 235-235

Mixture

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p. 236-236

Broken

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p. 236-236

Layout

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p. 236-236

Reborn

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p. 237-237

Futura

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p. 237-237

Internal Rays

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p. 237-237

Apocalypse

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p. 238-238

Awareness

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p. 238-238

Macro

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p. 238-238

Rsing Sound

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p. 239-239

Hard or Soft

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p. 239-239

Lghting Up

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p. 240-240

Job

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p. 240-240

The Car

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p. 240-240

Beyond Phony

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p. 241-241

Inside

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p. 241-241

Unable to Move

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p. 242-242

Pass Me By

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p. 242-242

Hard Energy

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p. 242-242

Motion

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p. 243-243

Stupor

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p. 243-243

Cuando Amenecer El Sol

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p. 243-243

Spring Breeze

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p. 244-244

Sleeping One

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p. 244-244

Hunting

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p. 245-245

This Land

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p. 245-245

Old Friend Hung

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p. 246-246

The Gods In Me

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p. 246-246

Future Landscape

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p. 247-247

Imaginary Styx

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p. 247-247

Disasters

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p. 248-248

End of the World

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p. 248-248

Reality Printed

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p. 249-249

Marginal Existence

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p. 249-249

Footing

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p. 249-249

Continuum

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p. 250-250

If I Can't

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p. 250-250

River Flooded

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p. 250-250

The Forest Setness

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p. 251-251

Non-Spatial

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p. 251-251

Runs Me Over

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p. 252-252

Flight

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p. 252-252

But

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p. 252-252

To Seed

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p. 253-253

Manure

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p. 253-253

A Cave Man’s Dream

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p. 253-253

Ritual

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p. 254-254

Basic Heart

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p. 254-254

The Winds of the Comet

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p. 255-255

Negative Mountain Peak

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p. 255-255

Infinite Thunder

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p. 256-256

Ghost of Spring

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p. 256-256

Millenium Dust 1982

Winds of the Comet

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pp. 259-283

Apollo in the Night

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pp. 286-307

Millenium Dust

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pp. 308-332

Mad Angels 1976–1988

1976–1982

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pp. 335-366

1983

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pp. 366-386

1984

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pp. 387-426

1985

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pp. 426-469

1986

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pp. 469-517

1987

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pp. 517-541

1988

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pp. 541-546

Indexes

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pp. 547-597


E-ISBN-13: 9780819573421
Print-ISBN-13: 9780819573414

Page Count: 596
Publication Year: 2012

Series Title: Wesleyan Poetry Series

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