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AMANDA PARADISE

By CAConrad
Publication Date: September 7, 2021

ISBN# 9781950268429 (6.5 x 9, 136pp, paperback)
ISBN# 9781950268436 (6.5 x 9, 136pp, limited edition hardcover)

  • Former United States Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith wrote in the New York Times, “CAConrad's poems invite the reader to become an agent in a joint act of recovery, to step outside of passivity and propriety and to become susceptible to the illogical and the mysterious.” The poems in AMANDA PARADISE: Resurrect Extinct Vibration reach out from a (Soma)tic poetry ritual where CA flooded their body with the field recordings of recently extinct animals. Foundational here are the memories of loved ones who died of AIDS, the daily struggle of existing through the Corona Virus pandemic, and the effort to arrive at a new way of falling in love with the world as it is, not as it was.

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  • This book cements CAConrad as a deeply original voice committed to plumbing humanity's plights in unusual ways.
    —Starred review in Publishers Weekly

    In Amanda Paradise, past and future lives collide; entire epochs pass in one line-break; extinct bodies and feelings are resurrected so that CAConrad can reclaim a little more time(lessness).
    Jay Ying, Poetry Foundation

    But if rooted firmly in the frequency of the immediate world, the poems are equally oriented to the horizon.
    -Poets & Writers

    In addition to being the latest addition to CAConrad’s eminently interesting but confounding body of work, it might just be the most interesting-yet-confounding to date.
    —Kevin O'Rourke, Michigan Quarterly Review

    Despite the strains of grief and loss thread through these poems, the shapes and gestures of Amanda Paradise display a high level of formal inventiveness, play and even joyfulness. Honestly, there is such a sense of joyous celebration and of acknowledging the small moments and gestures...that CAConrad appears to refuse to let go, despite whatever else might occur. And in the end, perhaps this might be the very key to our ongoing emotional health, if not even our continued survival.
    —Rob Mclennan, Periodicities: A Journal of Poetry and Poetics

  • CAConrad has been working with the ancient technologies of poetry and ritual since 1975. Their book While Standing in Line for Death won a Lambda Literary Award. They also received a Creative Capital grant, a Pew Fellowship, and a Believer Magazine Book Award. They teach at Columbia University in New York City and Sandberg Art Institute in Amsterdam. Please view their books, essays, recordings, and upcoming events at 88CAConrad.



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