Publication Date: April 1, 2012
ISBN# 9781933517599 (8x10.5 240pp, paper and cloth)
this mechanistic world…has required me to FIND MY BODY to FIND MY PLANET in order to find my poetry
Since their 2005 inception, CAConrad’s (Soma)tic exercises have been summoning the whole spectrum of human experience in the name of poetry. A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon collects 27 new and previously published exercises and their emerging poems, incorporating unorthodox steps in the writing process from the tangible everyday to the cosmos of the imagination. Together they manifest as an urgent call for a connective, concentrated, and unfettered creativity.
The world gives us cops and cops and cops and cops and cops, but CAConrad gives us Breton-trumping anarcho-lyric behavior and l’amo[u]r mundi fou.
The (Soma)tic Exercises are innovative and crucial to our art form—they both invent a new genre and help increase freedom from the double tyrannies of both the tired narrative form and short, personal lyric form. Conrad must be one of the most original practitioners of poetry forging new territory.
Sean Singer, The Rumpus
Conrad’s now-discursive, now-fragmentary poetry offers us a mirror we may hold up to ourselves, if only we dare; eccentric, insistent, passionate, and indubitably wide-eyed, it also reflects those precious human traits we too often leave by the wayside on our dreary, unprofitable, and finally destructive searches for well-assimilated lives and loves.
Seth Abramson, Huffington Post
CAConrad is the author of ECODEVIANCE: (Soma)tics for the Future Wilderness (forthcoming from Wave Books, 2014), A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon (Wave Books, 2012) and The Book of Frank (Wave Books, 2010/Chax Press, 2009), as well as several other books of poetry and essays. A 2014 Lannan Fellow, a 2013 MacDowell Fellow, and a 2011 Pew Fellow, he also conducts workshops on (Soma)tic poetry and Ecopoetics.
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