O Heart Uncovered

By Joseph Ceravolo 1934–1988 Joseph Ceravolo
We lived in province snow range
and something that we uncover
is like living
in one Arizona room
when we discover all we owe
to darkness
we never really know.

Tomorrow is the national holiday for independence—
no more left.
For the first time
we see the mountains
with snow on them pulling away
from the mountains and clouds.

“O Heart Uncovered” from The Green Lake is Awake: Selected Poems. Copyright © 1994 by the estate of Joseph Ceravolo. Used with the permission of Coffee House Press, www.coffeehousepress.org

Source: The Green Lake is Awake: Selected Poems (Coffee House Press, 1994)

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Poet Joseph Ceravolo 1934–1988

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

SCHOOL / PERIOD New York School (2nd Generation)

Subjects Social Commentaries, Landscapes & Pastorals, Nature, Heroes & Patriotism

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A poet sometimes associated with the New York School of poets, Joseph Ceravolo began writing poems in 1957 while completing his Army service in Germany. In 1959, Ceravolo earned a degree in civil engineering from the City College of New York and enrolled in Kenneth Koch’s poetry workshop at the New School for Social Research in Manhattan. The New York–born son of Italian immigrants, Ceravolo died at age 54 after publishing . . .

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SUBJECT Social Commentaries, Landscapes & Pastorals, Nature, Heroes & Patriotism

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

SCHOOL / PERIOD New York School (2nd Generation)

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