Various Atmospheres

Out of Print

Poems and Drawings

by Alex Caldiero

Various AtmospheresThe quiet of reverie. The smell of warm bread in a Sicilian kitchen. The dissonance of the mind in conversation with itself. The sensation of air on naked skin. The embrace of salt and sea. Heads under clouds and placed in boxes. The jaggedness of a snake’s memory shed among the rocks. These are the various atmospheres that Alex Caldiero conjures in his sometimes meditative, sometimes playful poems that celebrate both holiness and farce.

“Quiet insights
quietly arrived at—offered
shared in simple open speech.”
—Cid Corman, acclaimed poet and editor of Origin magazine, on Various Atmospheres

Alex Caldiero was born in Sicily, raised in Brooklyn, attended Queens College, and now lives in Orem, Utah, with his wife, Setenay, and children. He is well-known for his performance works that integrate poetry with music, dance, and art—and for his appearance in the independent motion picture, Plan 10 from Outer Space. Caldiero has performed at such diverse places as the New School for Social Research, Coyote Gulch in the southern Utah wilderness, and on Brazilian t.v.

Among his previous collections are Book O’ Lights, Lu Latti di la Matri, From Stone to Star, and Toy Blood. Published in Italy and the United States, Caldiero has been reviewed in Attenzione, Il Progresso, the New York Times, and Village Voice. He is anthologized in Text-Sound Texts, featured in Utah: State of the Arts, and included in the Dictionary of the Avant-Guards.