A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon: New (Soma)Tics (Paperback)

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A handbook to a new brand of poetics CAConrad dubs (soma)tics, A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon is a monstrous book of poetry that comes equipped with a useful tool for (non)readers of poetry: a skeleton key of exercises paired with the poems they produced. Conrad is mystical, ephemeral, and possessed with the insularity of a moment (read: immanence) when he writes poems about visiting the former home of Emily Dickinson, consuming food of only one color everyday for a week, or eulogizing a slain former lover. If Conrad (and perhaps poetry as a whole movement) can be reprimanded for “pretentiousness,” A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon is an intuitive rebuttal aimed at reinstating poetry's political force: “write on / walls write on court / house sidewalks write on / every single mirror you / can find / 'I MAKE HOLES IN AFGAN FAMILIES EVERYTIME I PAY MY TAXES!'” A poetry that strikes at itself, imagine that.- Evan's July Staff Pick, 2014

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"He's a poet for our time like Ginsberg was for his."--Eileen Myles

"Conrad's work shows us that the body itself is the first source of alienation and estrangement from the self, and is thus the true subject of poetry. Only by engaging this body . . . can we achieve transport."--Bookforum

What is the best Love you've ever had in this world? Be quiet while thinking about that Love. If someone comes along and starts talking, quietly shoo them away, you're busy, you're a poet with a penny in your mouth. . . . Now get your pen and paper and write about POVERTY, write line after line about starvation and deprivation from the voice of one who has been Loved in this world.

CAConrad's (Soma)tic exercises desire to literally crack open existence as we know it. A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon is an essential how-to book for anyone interested in breaking through their perceived limitations to become a more politically and physically engaged writer. Incorporating unorthodox steps in the writing process, these twenty-seven exercises and their corresponding poems confirm Conrad's unwavering belief in poetry as a necessary practice for being.

CAConrad, a 2011 PEW Fellow in the Arts, is the author of five books of poetry, including The Book of Frank (Wave Books, 2010/Chax Press, 2009). He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


About the Author


CAConrad is the author of A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon, The Book of Frank, Advanced Elvis Course, (Soma)tic Midge, Deviant Propulsion, and a collaboration with poet Frank Sherlock titled The City Real & Imagined. The son of white trash asphyxiation, his childhood included selling cut flowers along the highway for his mother and helping her shoplift.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781933517599
ISBN-10: 193351759X
Publisher: Wave Books
Publication Date: April 3rd, 2012
Pages: 205
Language: English