Blues for Baltimore, being
I always loved this nameless rise
Always loved this lawless high
Always loved by me these sleeping hills
Rolling up from this flat, swampy port
Ultimate harbor of my dry desire.
—Blues for Baltimore, Joe Cardarelli
Poet Joseph Cardarelli
was 'the voice of the poet' at Maryland Institute
College of Art and an instructor there for twenty eight
years. He was the founder of the Spectrum of Poetic Fire
Creative Writing Series and the driving force behind the
St. Valentine's Day Poetry Marathons. Joseph passed away
in August of 1994, but his memory lives on in the hearts
and minds of those who knew and loved him and in the
Spectrum of Poetic Fire.