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Landscape with Human Figure
     

Landscape with Human Figure

by Rafael Campo
 

ISBN-10: 0822328909

ISBN-13: 9780822328902

Pub. Date: 01/23/2002

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

In Landscape with Human Figure, his fourth and most compelling collection of poetry, Rafael Campo confirms his status as one of America’s most important poets. Like his predecessor William Carlos Williams, who was also a physician, Campo plumbs the depths of our capacity for empathy. Campo writes stunning, candid poems from outside the academy, poems

Overview

In Landscape with Human Figure, his fourth and most compelling collection of poetry, Rafael Campo confirms his status as one of America’s most important poets. Like his predecessor William Carlos Williams, who was also a physician, Campo plumbs the depths of our capacity for empathy. Campo writes stunning, candid poems from outside the academy, poems that arise with equal beauty from a bleak Boston tenement or a moonlit Spanish plaza, poems that remain unafraid to explore and to celebrate his identity as a doctor and Cuban American gay man. Yet no matter what their unexpected and inspired sources, Campo’s poems insistently remind us of the necessity of poetry itself in our increasingly fractured society; his writing brings us together—just as did the incantations of humankind’s earliest healers—into the warm circle of community and connectedness. In this heart-wrenching, haunting, and ultimately humane work, Rafael Campo has painted as if in blood and breath a gorgeously complex world, in which every one of us can be found.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822328902
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
01/23/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
104
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

I. Landscape with Human Figure

On New Year’s Day

Nightfall in Asturias

Quatrains for a Shrinking World

The Blackouts

Ghazal in a Time of War

Outside Fayetteville

What I Would Give

For My Brother’s Wedding

Landscape with Human Figure

II. Speak to Me

In Praise of Experience

October Afternoon, 1986

Oysters

Your Black Eyes

An Attribution

Playing “Fidel and Peron”

On Valentine’s Day

Last Hours in Florence

Speak to Me

Poem for My Familiar

After Losing Him

III. Afraid of the Dark

Afraid of the Dark

IV. Undetectable

Phone Messages on Call

Undetectable

Spiritual, ca. 1999

On Thanksgiving

The Same Old Place

Supernumerary Poem with Fruit Pastries that Allegorically Addresses Death

On the Virtues of Not Shaving

The Four Humours

V. Questions for the Weather

The Age-Old Problem of Sentimental Verse

The Couple

After the Weekly Telephone Call

For a Dear Friend Who Is Grieving

Love Poem Written Especially for You

Living with Illness

Doberman Pinscher, Dreaming

Upon Overhearing, “Anyone Can Write Like Elizabeth Bishop”

You Can Just See the Cynicism

Cuban Canticle in Five Parts

On Christmas Eve

The Beech Forest

In Case of Emergency Landing

Questions for the Weather

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