Collected Poems
Joseph Ceravolo; Rosemary Ceravolo, ed.; Parker Smathers, ed.; David Lehman, intro.

Wesleyan University Press



Contents

TRANSMITIGATION SOLO (1960–1965)
• Preface
• 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 (1965)
• Introduction
• BOOK I
• Part 1
• Part 2
• Part 3
• BOOK II
• Part 1
• Part 2
• BOOK III
• “The green lake is awake . . .”
• The Crocus turn of the 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
• SPRING IN THIS WORLD OF POOR MUTTS (1968)
• It Is Morning
• Caught in the Swamp
• After the Rain
• Dusk
• Heart Feels the Water
• Lighthouse
• May
• Cool Breeze
• Ocean
• In the Grass
• Ho Ho Ho Caribou
• Red Sun
• Fill and Illumined
• Noise Outside
• Winter Song
• When the First Tree Blossoms
• Passivation
• 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
• Autumn Break
• Lonely in the Park
• Football
• Tripod
• I Like to Collapse
• Down
• Soul in Migration
• Polar Flower
• Orchard
• Struggling
• Grow
• Risk
• Fly
• Mountains
• The Green Lake Is Awake
• THE HELLGATE (1969–1975)
• Part I—Testament
• Part II—Departure
• Part III—The Bridge of the Dead
• Part VI—Purification
• “INTERIOR OF THE POEM” (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
• 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
• 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
• Love Eyes
• What It’s Like
• Espacio
• Haunting Ghosts
• Rte 3 into N.Y.
• Just at the Beginning of Summer
• Scope
• Words from a Young Father (Leaving Body)
• Requiem
• April Already
• Assimilation in the Streets of This City
• Night Ride
• “In one day everything’s green . . .”
• Holy
• Railway Box (Deo Te Salve)
• Tongues
• “The night gets lonely . . .”
• Crazy in the Night
• Mayhem
• “Taking me away . . .”
• Sub-Scape
• Signals
• Apology
• “Tie one on, tie it on . . .”
• Supplication
• Positive Disintegration
• Aurora
• Lament #1
• Lament #2
• Asia
• Middle of Winter (off the Hudson)
• Dirt
• Sunset
• “It only takes a machine . . .”
• Verses of the Soul Suffering to See God
1983
• Rain Forest Ode
• Earth So Beautiful
• Dominica
• Forest Dreams
• Over Music
• “Hold me light, hold me tight . . .”
• To the Death of a Poet
• Long Sonnet
• “Where have I got time . . .”
• City Scape
• Double Blind Concerto
• Guitar Ode
• “The first August day is over . . .”
• Sunburn
• Linear Ballad
• The Amphibian
• “Rain cycle, hold my brains . . .”
• “I hear the music from below . . .”
• It’s Only Glue
• Builders or Large Moon Rise
• “Here’s a traveler in the womb . . .”
• Spirit Matter
• Tones
• “All winter the . . .”
• Night Flash
• “Do a little job . . .”
1984
• “The squirrel leaping frightens . . .”
• “Sunny day with ice . . .”
• Fault
• Planet Sonnet
• Lament No. 3
• Forgive
• City
• Spring Rise
• Grand Jury
• Indian Song
• Release
• Jet Resurrection
• Mother Land
• Above Clouds Above
• Legacy
• “The pains of children . . .”
• “Where am I now? . . .”
• Serenade No. 1
• Why God Should Know the Gods
• War
• Silent
• “Floating emotions . . .”
• “O ancient Rivers . . .”
• Pre-Christian
• Simple Creation I
• “Minor eruptions in the air . . .”
• Dead Sea Scrolls
• “If I left . . .”
• “The migration flaps . . .”
• Hermit Gambler
• Alive
• Woods
• Dirty Benediction
• Elegy
• Toxic Wastes
• Autumn Torches
• Libera Me
• “I lean on my bus . . .”
• “How can I disconnect . . .”
• Sonnet
• Stay
• Thanksgiving Day
• “O world without light . . .”
• Street Wise Romantic
• Lament #4
• A Piece of Glass
• “Happy heart that sows the breeze . . .”
1985
• “My intellect seems to breathe . . .”
• If You Loved Me
• Love Song
• “Seagulls are in from the sea . . .”
• Pages of Storms
• Hungry
• “Tile floor, open glass . . .”
• Street Journal
• “Dried up and dogged . . .”
• Unfinished
• Century Sonnet
• “I’m not weeping and weeping . . .”
• Freedom
• Hospital
• “This is not the place I want to be . . .”
• Incantation
• Pumping Iron
• “‘Du bist in meinen Blut’ . . .”
• Reggae-Mine
• Courage
• Morning Vespers
• “9:01 . . .”
• Notoriety
• “The streets against their stomachs . . .”
• Night Strokes
• BMX
• Forecast
• Ignorance Strong
• Narrative Night
• “On a night in a distant country . . .”
• “I am not able to move . . .”
• Sonnet
• Hidden Bird
• Lament #5
• Lethal Sonnet
• “Closer and closer to the ground . . .”
• Rain & Wolves Inhabit Me
• All at Once
• Life Sentence
• “There is no way . . .”
• Dragons and Dungeons
• Ode Song
• Mad Angels
• One
• The City
• Ode
• Dream Ode
• “Dry leaves, light trees . . .”
• Travelin’ Blue Highway
• People’s Republic
• “Volcano mud covering exquisite bodies . . .”
• REAL #1
• Marketeers Entwined
• The Comet Returns
• Litanical
• The Muscles of Animals
• First Snow
• Hymn
1986
• New Year
• “Where are we headed? . . .”
• Melody for Food
• Morning Touched
• Mid Ocean
• Lyric
• “Lazy bodies with hidden knives . . .”
• Rifle Shot
• Winter
• Amor & Psyche
• Portrait Painter Realistic
• Stampeding Visualizations
• “Calm me! . . .”
• “The Great Lakes are rising . . .”
• Darkness Ode
• Thoughts
• Modern Sorrows
• “I walked out. It was raining . . .”
• Now
• “Turn me around in your hands, O wind! . . .”
• “I have a bad day today . . .”
• “Looking at beetles and ants . . .”
• “Smoke rises like claws that lock me in . . .”
• Crescent Moon
• Reprieve
• “The purple plant, leaves thick . . .”
• Hymn to Rain
• Bad Thoughts
• “I work in a dreamscape of reality . . .”
• Characters
• Come Clean
• Complaint
• Someone
• Still Life
• Morning
• “The best time is when the body . . .”
• “Song birds . . .”
• Nuclear Disaster
• “Does loneliness take over the body . . .”
• World War II
• “Route 3 and lonely . . .”
• Mass
• Discovery
• Angelic Meditation
• Week Day
• Hand Gun
• “Between a rock and a hard place . . .”
• “Am I a fool in the temperate sun . . .”
• Subway
• “Old world, there are roads in front . . .”
• “Grind away, trumpet, beat away . . .”
• “How could the comet be . . .”
• Breeze
• Traffic Sonnet
• “Under high tension towers . . .”
• “Hardly a lightening flies overhead . . .”
• Spirit
• Blues
• Der Wanderer
• “My deepness away from you . . .”
• “What is a year ending? . . .”
• “Overpayment, underpayment, Florida lakes . . .”
• Observation
• “It is cold, it is cloudy . . .”
1987
• “Consecrate the birds . . .”
• Winter Sonnet
• Hymn
• A Child Story
• “I saw a red tail hawk . . .”
• Mother & Father (Simple)
• Hotline for Youth
• “As if snow could cleanse . . .”
• Subway Walkman
• Today’s Benediction
• “It’s the quiet that we . . .”
• “Tundra and deer, liberty and fear . . .”
• Search
• Bird
• Sun
• Notes on the 20th Century Scientist
• “‘Crazy nut,’ the girls said . . .”
• Sublimation
• Unseen Sonnet
• A Young Couple
• “Morning breaks . . .”
• OK
• Cat of Eternity
• Meditation
• “The multitudes betray the fallen city . . .”
• Irish Entry
• A Call
• “Slowly my love . . .”
• An Old Testament
• Rain Driven
• Koyaanisqatsi
• To a Dogwood Tree
• Beginner Method
• “The morning is warm . . .”
• Kin Pain
• Spark
• “Dark inside me every day . . .”
• “Take away the hours of creation . . .”
• “Tunnels are closed . . .”
• Perpetual
• “Somewhere between a missile . . .”
• “Million dreams, billion nights . . .”
• “My arms are heavy and I feel . . .”
• “Too many times there is . . .”
• “Resurrect, reserve, resound . . .”
• December
• “Thank the gods for life . . .”
• Starvation
• “Hidden underground in a frame . . .”
1988
• “All the stars will be gone . . .”
• Irish Entry
• “Swamps and people live in a lake . . .”
• “Turn the screw, bang the nail . . .”
• “8:27, have a language, that bundles . . .”
• “When you can choke off the under- . . .”
• “A man listens to music next to me . . .”
• “Happy heart that sows the breeze . . .”
• “Song birds enter the morning . . .”
• “When I think of all the fuckin’ hours . . .”
• “When a spirit comes to me . . .”




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