What the Body Told

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What the Body Told is the second book of poetry from Rafael Campo, a practicing physician, a gay Cuban American, and winner of the National Poetry Series 1993 Open Competition. Exploring the themes began in his first book, The Other Man Was Me, Campo extends the search for identity into new realms of fantasy and physicality. He travels inwardly to the most intimate spaces of the imagination where sexuality and gender collide and where life crosses into death. Whether facing a frenetic hospital emergency room to ...
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Overview

What the Body Told is the second book of poetry from Rafael Campo, a practicing physician, a gay Cuban American, and winner of the National Poetry Series 1993 Open Competition. Exploring the themes began in his first book, The Other Man Was Me, Campo extends the search for identity into new realms of fantasy and physicality. He travels inwardly to the most intimate spaces of the imagination where sexuality and gender collide and where life crosses into death. Whether facing a frenetic hospital emergency room to assess a patient critically ill with AIDS or breathing in the quiet of his mother's closet, Campo proposes with these poems an alternative means of healing and exposes the extent to which words themselves may be the most vital working parts of our bodies. The secret truths in What the Body Told, as the title implies, are already within each of us. In these vivid and provocative poems, Rafael Campo gives them a voice.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822317425
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1996
  • Pages: 122
  • Sales rank: 837,054
  • Product dimensions: 5.78 (w) x 8.91 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Rafael Campo is Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Author of The Other Man Was Me, he is a PEN Center West and Lambda Literary Award finalist. His poems have appeared in many publications, including The Kenyon Review, Parnassus, The Nation, Ploughshares, and Best American Poetry/1995.

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Table of Contents

So in Love 3
Route 17 4
The Crying Game 7
Asylum 8
The Passive Voice 9
Before Safe Sex 10
The Battle Hymn of the Republic 11
Defining Us 13
I Become Charlotte 14
My Feminine Side 15
Once There Was Great Love 16
Cancion de las Mujeres 21
Song for Our Daughter 37
For You All Beauty 55
The 10,000th AIDS Death in San Francisco 57
Safe Sex 58
Prescription 59
The Good Doctor 60
Ten Patients, and Another 61
Confession 72
Lost in the Hospital 73
Song Before Dying 77
The Immortal Song 93
My Childhood in Another Part of the World 111
What We All Want 112
The Cuban Sky 113
Madrid 114
In English That Is Spanish 115
My Voice 116
Remembering Why 117
El Dia de los Muertos 119
Safe Sex Revisited 121
What the Body Told 122
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