Kung Fu of the Dark Father by Dane CervineKung Fu of the Dark Father by Dane Cervine

Kung Fu of the Dark Father

byDane Cervine

Paperback | September 1, 2016

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Kung Fu of the Dark Father presents not only the poet’s father, the author’s own enigmas, but also a veritable lineage of men confronting what Lorca describes as the duende in art and life—mythology’s insistence that one must enter the underworld before there is any hope of bearing light. Here we meet a destruction derby hero, the Rolling Stones, Freud’s cocaine habit, Meriwether Lewis’ less than heroic return from the great West; St. Augustine, Copernicus, Hemingway’s third son—each facing a darkness that poetry helps bear. There are also wild gurus, wandering monks—a terrestrial crew despite celestial aspirations—the human in each of us, with clay feet under a tainted moon.

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- Praise for Dane Cervine’s Poetry -

…has a fine sense both of language and the interconnectedness of human lives that for me is at the heart of poetry.
     —Adrienne Rich, author of Later Poems: Selected & New

 

…poems that matter…the beauty and pain of life become indistinguishable. Deliciously full of joy, insight, and awe.
     —Ellen Bass, author of Like a Beggar/

 

…it is really the passion and precision…that earns my full attention.
     —Tony Hoagland, author of Application for Release from the Dream: Poems

 

…clear struck bells.
     —Jane Hirshfield, author of The Beauty

 

 

Dane Cervine's books include How Therapists Dance (2013) and The Jeweled Net of Indra (2007) from Plain View Press. Early collections include his own publication of the book What a Father Dreams (2005), as well as a chapbook series under the One Pony Press imprint. His poems have been chosen by Adrienne Rich for a National Writers Unio...
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Title:Kung Fu of the Dark FatherFormat:PaperbackDimensions:136 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.29 inPublished:September 1, 2016Publisher:Plain View Press, LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1632100312

ISBN - 13:9781632100313

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Table of Contents

ContentsAcknowledgments 8Kung Fu of the Dark Father 13Moonbeam at the Destruction DerbyMy Father's Lesson 17The Blue Horse 18Moonbeam at the Destruction Derby 19The Achilles Stone 20The Church of the Mortal 21Heresy 22Naked Rebels 23The Glossolalia of Poetry 24The Miracle That Doesn't Happen 25The Violence of Young Boys 26The Amygdala in Junior High School 27The Best Fight 28A Simpler Rapture 29Gunning the Engine 30My First Day Working at the Psych Hospital 31A Long, Strange Trip 32Lost in America 33Staying Up All Night in College 34Amateur Night 35Real Life 36The Siren Call of the Normal 38End of the Road Restaurant 39Finding My Father's Dream 40A Cure for Baby Boomer Ennui 41Clay FeetClay Feet 45Sumo in Milan 46Cigars 47Complex 48Icarus in a Canoe 49Meaning 51Hemingway's Third Son 52Where to Put a Body That Will Not Go Away 53Copernicus 54Satisfaction 55Tigers of Wrath 57The Dare 58Curve Ball 59The Rodeo 61Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots 62As My Life Falls Apart, I See a Sign 63Tristan 64A Lucky Man 65Lost in Love 67Like a Woman 68On the Nature of Beauty 70Two As One 71Inscrutable 72How I Want to Live 73One Life Worth Living 74Winter Sun 75Four Stitches, a Few Bucks 76The Congregation of the Blank Page 77Valentine's Day 78The Minotaur's Lair 79A Beat Prayer in Paris 80Invoking the Duende 81The Dionysian Well 82Anima 84EnlightenmentsEnlightenment in a Silly Hat 87Driving Kwan Yin to See Captain America 89Chance Encounter 91The Metaphysics of Parking in San Francisco 93Pink Roses 95Paradise 96The Grail Molecule 98The Noise in My Brain 100Beloved 101The Dreams I Can't Remember 102As the Indigo Girls Sing 103Comeback 104Sacrament 105Wild Weeds 106Monkey Mind 107A Meditator's Confession 108Butt Crack at the Poetry Reading 109Universal Complaint 110A Great Civilization 111Holding On 113The Privilege of a Private Life 114While Listening to Nelson Mandela's Memorial 115Your Thousand Faces 117Caedere 118Marginalia 119Diaspora 120Spiritual Panhandling 121The Prophet Motive 122The Guru 124Self-Awareness in the Modern Age 125The Gift of The Fallen 126This Living 127This Buick of a World 128Neighborhood Walk to Circle Market 129Special Thanks 131Endnotes 133About the Author 135

Editorial Reviews

...has a fine sense both of language and the interconnectedness of human lives that for me is at the heart of poetry. -Adrienne Rich, author of Later Poems: Selected & New...poems that matter...the beauty and pain of life become indistinguishable. Deliciously full of joy, insight, and awe. -Ellen Bass, author of Like a Beggar ...it is really the passion and precision...that earns my full attention. -Tony Hoagland, author of Application for Release from the Dream: Poems...clear struck bells. -Jane Hirshfield, author of The Beauty------- "The Jeweled Net of Indra"...What a powerful, beautifully written poem!"Enlightenment Is A Bitch" is one helluva poem. The buddhas tip their hats to you. -Sy Safransky, publisher of The SUN Magazine(What a Father Dreams)...is a rich feast. The lyric quality of this work delighted me. -Maude Meehan, author of As If The World Made SenseDane Cervine often lets a wry humor open the door to a deeper place...his finely-wroughtpoems are a comfort and a compass. -Patrice Vecchione, author of Step Into NatureDane Cervine's poems are at once disciplined, sturdy, compassionate and wise...there'san inspired playfulness. -Robert Sward, author of New & Selected Poems, 1957-2011Dane's work brings to mind Rilke's lines from the Duino Elegies: "All that we can achieve, here, is to recognize ourselves completely in what can be seen on earth." -Maggie Paul, author of Borrowed ...poems worthy of a long-term friendship. -Len Anderson, author of Invented by the Night