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All of You on the Good Earth

Ernest Hilbert

Publication Year: 2013

These poems contain fasts and feasts, laments and love songs, histories, fantasies, and elegies, the amusing and heartbreaking debris of life on this world, all the while recalling Seneca's dictum, non est ad astra mollis e terris via ("the road from the earth to the stars is not easy").

Published by: Red Hen Press

Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. 1-8

Contents

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pp. 9-12

Ad Astra

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pp. 13-14

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Epigraph

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pp. 15-16

At the end of the annus horribilis 1968, a year that saw tragedy and civil unrest around the globe, the Apollo 8 space mission successfully circumnavigated Earth’s moon, “the first human voyage to another world,” according to The Boston Globe. On Christmas Eve, the crew observed the Earth rising for the first time over the moon’s horizon. ...

Section I. Prelude

Dusk in the Ruins

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pp. 19-20

Section II. Sieges and Flights

Sailing the Mullica River (Great Bay Estuary) 1978

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p. 23-23

Ashore

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p. 24-24

Drift

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p. 25-25

Kalypso

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p. 26-26

The Fast

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p. 28-28

Levavi Oculos

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p. 29-29

Nights of 1998

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p. 30-30

City-Scape Gentlemen’s Club, Queens

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p. 31-31

Dinner Flushed Down the Toilet

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p. 32-32

Gravedigger’s Song

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pp. 33-34

Section III. Monsters

Sunrise with Sea Monsters

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p. 37-37

Panthera

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p. 38-38

Goddess in the Shape of a Bird

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p. 39-39

Dusk in a Crowded Train Compartment, Regretting My Life

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p. 40-40

4 a.m. Cab Ride

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p. 41-41

Outsider Art

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p. 42-42

“PAST PRESENT FUTURE”

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p. 43-43

Gratitude

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p. 44-44

Stargazer Lilies

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p. 45-45

Green Line, West Philadelphia

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p. 46-46

An Aging Drunk Observes the Blizzard

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pp. 47-48

Section IV. From Grub Street to the Brill Building

Times Literary Supplement

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p. 51-51

Cover to Cover

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p. 52-52

Enemies and Co.

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p. 53-53

For____________

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p. 54-54

Seneca at the Baths

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p. 55-55

Rakewell in TriBeCa

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p. 56-56

All of You on the Good Earth

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p. 57-57

Harmonia Sacra

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p. 58-58

Soprano’s Lament

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pp. 59-60

Section V. Minor Considerations

The Envelope, Please

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p. 63-63

Sportsmanship

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p. 64-64

Why Must We Love?

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p. 65-65

A Legend about Cats

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p. 66-66

Reading the Runes

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p. 67-67

“Good Taste Is the Excuse I’ve Always Given”

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p. 68-68

At the Archaeological Institute of America's Annual Meeting

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pp. 69-70

Section VI. To the Dark Suburbs and Home Again

Routes

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p. 73-73

Drop Out

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p. 74-74

Pirates

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p. 75-75

Man’s Home, His Castle

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p. 76-76

Dredge

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p. 77-77

Home Security

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p. 78-78

Waiting for the Stray

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p. 79-79

Victorian

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p. 80-80

While You Were Out

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p. 81-81

Dog Days (Caniculares Dies)

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p. 82-82

City on a Hill

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p. 83-83

Simple Instructions

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p. 84-84

Meteorology

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p. 85-85

Bitter Beginning

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p. 86-86

Bonehead

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p. 87-87

Suburban

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p. 88-88

Section VII. Cold Wars and Hot

Of Empires

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p. 91-91

Ie Shima, April 18th, 1945

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p. 92-92

On Boarding a Soviet Attack Submarine

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p. 93-93

“Let Me Live and I Will Give You an Empire”

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p. 94-94

Wife of the Zeppelin Scientist

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p. 95-95

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About the Author

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p. 96-96

Ernest Hilbert is the author of Sixty Sonnets (2009). His spoken word album Elegies & Laments, a “soundtrack” to Sixty Sonnets recorded with rock band and orchestra, will be issued by Pub Can Records in 2013. He supplies libretti and song texts for contemporary composers Stella Sung, Daniel Felsenfeld, and Christopher LaRosa. ...


E-ISBN-13: 9781597092852
E-ISBN-10: 1597092851
Print-ISBN-13: 9781597092661
Print-ISBN-10: 1597092665

Page Count: 96
Publication Year: 2013

Edition: First