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Gasoline & The Vestal Lady on Brattle by Gregory Corso
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Mar 20, 14

Read in March, 2014

Here is a poem I really enjoyed from this collection, called "Hello..".

It is disastrous to be a wounded deer.
I'm the most wounded, wolves stalk,
and I have my failures, too.
My flesh is caught on the Inevitable Hook!
As a child I saw many things I did not want to be.
Am I the person I did not want to be?
That talks-to-himself person?
That neighbors-make-fun-of person?
Am I he who, on museum steps, sleeps on his side?
Do I wear the cloth of a man who has failed?
Am I the looney man?
In the great serenade of things,
am I the most cancelled passage?
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Thomas Centolella Reminds me of Rilke's great poems in "The Book of Hours." Except that, instead of being worried by his insecurities, he embraces the power of going into the depths of what appears to be dark:


You darkness, that I come from,
I love you more than all the fires
that fence in the world,
for the fire makes
a circle of light for everyone,
and then no one outside learns of you.

But the darkness pulls in everything:
shapes and fires, animals and myself,
how easily it gathers them!--
powers and people--

and it is possible a great energy
is moving near me.

I have faith in nights.

~translated by Robert Bly


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