Collected Poems (Wesleyan Poetry Series) by Joseph Ceravolo
By Joseph Ceravolo
Like an underground river, the staggering poems of Joseph Ceravolo have nurtured American poetry for 50 years, a presence deeply felt yet mostly invisible. accumulated Poems deals the 1st complete portrait of Ceravolo's aesthetic trajectory, bringing to gentle the hugely unique voice that was once working at an expanding eliminate from the currents of the time. From a poetics linked to Frank O'Hara and John Ashbery to an ever extra contemplative, deeply visionary poetics related in sensibility to Zen and Dante, William Blake and St. John of the move, this assortment indicates how Ceravolo's poetry takes on an instantaneous, quiet lyricism: intensely devoted to the ordinary and religious lifetime of the person. As Ron Silliman notes, Ceravolo's later paintings finds him to be some of the most emotionally open, weak and self-knowing poets of his iteration. Many new items, together with the masterful lengthy poem "The Hellgate," are released the following for the 1st time. This quantity is a landmark variation for American poetry, and comprises an advent via David Lehman.
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