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The Whole Song

The Whole Song: Selected Poems

Kenneth A. Warren
Fred Whitehead
Copyright Date: 2004
Pages: 248
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    The Whole Song
    Book Description:

    With a voice emerging from class tensions, labor struggles, the Great Depression, and World War II, Vincent Ferrini lived as a people's poet crying out for an end to exploitation and organized greed. Radical Christian gnosis and the conviction that poetry should be more than a display of word-craft distinguished him from poets like T. S. Eliot, infusing his work with dynamic images of Christ as a fighter, a revolutionary, and a martyr in opposing the mighty for the sake of the poor.

    eISBN: 978-0-252-09119-3
    Subjects: Language & Literature

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-xii)
  3. Acknowledgments
    (pp. xiii-xiv)
  4. Introduction
    (pp. xv-xxxii)

    Venanzio Ferrini was born to Rena DeCarlo and Giovanni Ferrini in Saugus, Massachusetts, on June 24, 1913. He grew up poor in the Brickyard section of nearby Lynn, the hub of America’s shoemaking industry. While Lynn had originally depended on the production methods of small, individual artisan shops, that had given way to the machine-based factory system. The proud and self-sufficient artisan was replaced by the industrial worker. Conditions of life were grim: “I am guarding my baby sister in her highchair by the stove when it explodes, kills her, gashes my arm and forehead, my brother Dante under the...

  5. Shoe City

  6. Fishtown

  7. Know Fish

    • The Flood Time of Fishing
      (pp. 59-62)
    • A Song of Rage
      (pp. 63-63)
    • Council Meeting
      (pp. 64-65)
    • The Bulldozers Get the Fishermen’s Institute
      (pp. 66-66)
    • Pharaoh Otto Bosselman
      (pp. 67-67)
    • Mural of the Harbor
      (pp. 68-69)
    • Angel of Death
      (pp. 70-70)
    • Blacklisted
      (pp. 71-71)
    • Blessing of the Gasoline Tankers
      (pp. 72-72)
    • Cativo
      (pp. 73-73)
    • Ballad ov da Cut
      (pp. 74-74)
    • Torch Moynahan
      (pp. 75-75)
    • Fort Defiance
      (pp. 76-76)
    • Rag Picca: Trowaways
      (pp. 77-77)
    • Da Summa Creche: Da Castagnaccis
      (pp. 78-78)
    • Duntouchables
      (pp. 79-79)
    • Da Loss ov da Capt Cosmos: Cosmos Marcantonio, John Burnham, Benjamin Interrante, Salvatore Grover, Vito Misuraca, Jerome Pallazola
      (pp. 80-80)
    • Divinin Rod
      (pp. 81-81)
    • Patty Welch’s Dream & Mimi Dreamin
      (pp. 82-82)
  8. The Navigators

  9. The Community of Self

  10. This Other Ocean

  11. Magdalene Silences

  12. Magi Image

  13. The Indweller

  14. Beyond 9/11

  15. Appendix:: Onions & Bread—From a Rediscovered Manuscript

    • A Rediscovered Manuscript
      (pp. 185-185)

      In 1998, reminded by Sal Salerno that a “lost” manuscript called “Onions & Bread” might still exist, Vincent Ferrini undertook a search of his house. “Cleaning out my frameshop,” Ferrini recalls, “for the working table to replace my bathroom window before the Winter slams down on this house—plowing through and discarding there was the MS between old newspapers, I was shocked and elated, cool as Karl Marx, in a Mess you would not believe. It is all intact, written 1936, as dated on the MS, 1935 I got a job with the WPA, 1936 assembled these poems that appeared in...

    • Churches
      (pp. 186-186)
    • Schools
      (pp. 187-187)
    • Negroes
      (pp. 188-188)
    • Bookshop
      (pp. 189-189)
    • Mass Meetings
      (pp. 190-190)
  16. Notes to the Poems
    (pp. 191-202)
  17. Vincent Ferrini Bibliography
    (pp. 203-206)
  18. Index of Titles
    (pp. 207-208)
  19. Back Matter
    (pp. 209-212)