Joseph Ceravalo

To indicate is to

turn off     in a world

away from ease.

Rotating in a mean format of oxygen.

First make and then

made all alone until

the end of a blank.

The smoke opens up and out

comes a word

in a new storage of love.

Turning off or

turning on the calcareous bases

we find our selves in 

are set there by IT.

Divine and more

divine each day, no control,

but in another world.

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About the Author

Joseph Ceravalo's 1968 collection, Spring in This World of Poor Mutts, was published by Columbia University Press and won the first Frank O’Hara Award for poetry—“intended to encourage the writing of good new experimental poetry.” His other publications include Fits of Dawn, published in 1965 by close friend Ted Berrigan’s C Press; The Green Lake Is Awake (1994), with poems selected by Larry Fagin, Kenneth Koch, Charles North, Ron Padgett, David Shapiro, and Paul Violi; INRI, (1979); Millennium Dust (1982), which includes poems later anthologized in The Poets of the New York SchoolTransmigration Solo (1979); and Wild Flowers Out of Gas (1967).

Ceravolo died in 1988 at age 54.