A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon: New (Soma)tics

A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon: New (Soma)tics

by CAConrad

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Overview

"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.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781933517599
Publisher: Wave Books
Publication date: 04/03/2012
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 10.40(h) x 0.70(d)

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.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

THE RIGHT TO MANIFEST MANIFESTO

(Soma)tic 1: ANOINT THYSELF

EMILY DICKINSON CAME TO EARTH AND THEN SHE LEFT

(Soma)tic 2: Séance Your Own Way

kair7: CEDAR

FRANKINCENSE

MUSK

EUCALYPTUS

LEMONGRASS

OPIUM

MYRRH

(Soma)tic 3: WHITE HELIUM

every weakness of the world in ONE LIMB FOR A DAY

(Soma)tic 4: REFLEXUS ADJUSTMENT

MILD ENEMY LOTION

(Soma)tic 5: Storm SOAKED Bread

ONE DAY I WILL STEP FROM THE BEAUTY PARLOR AND ENLIST IN THE FREQUENCY

OF STARLINGS

(Soma)tic 6: Aphrodisios Rumination

SHOVEL GIVES INTO ITS NAME

(Soma)tic 7: Feast of the Seven Colors

distorted torque of FLORA’S red

a little orange bag believe it or not CAN hold all that remains

we’re on the brink of UTTER befuddlement yellow hankie style

say it with grEEn paint for the comfort and healing of their wounds

rehab saved his life but drugs saved mine at the blue HOUR

smells of summer crotch smells of new car’s purple MAjestY

from the womb not the anus WHITE asbestos snowfall on 911

(Soma)tic 8: Mercury Retrograde FREE FALL

Mercury, God of Thieves

(Soma)tic 9: your BANANA WORD MACHINE

THE DAY AFTER BEING CENSORED I REMEMBER MY GRANDMOTHER SAYING

PATIENCE IS THE HONEST MAN’S REVENGE

(Soma)tic 10: AZTEC TRYPTOPHAN, REPEAT

The Sun God's Daughter Has a Lovely Copper Penis

(Soma)tic 11: YOU IN YOUR SOUP

KICK THE FLUSH

(Soma)tic 12: TAPPING FLESH FOR SAP

ONE thru NINE

(Soma)tic 13: RADIANT ELVIS MRI

separation is natural SHAKE WELL

(Soma)tic 14: your CRYSTAL GRID

Signal and Sway

(Soma)tic 15: BETWEEN CORRESPONDING WAVES

AMERICA YOU DON'T GIVE A DAMN ABOUT THEIR DEAD

(Soma)tic 16: ARISE IN YOUR DROSS!

RANCOUR COLLECTS ME BY THE THROAT

(Soma)tic 17: OIL THIS WAR!

Duck Call for Dead Ducks

(Soma)tic 18: MUGGED into poetry

GUESSING MY DEATH 1 thru 14 / XX

(Soma)tic 19: A BEAUTIFUL MARSUPIAL AFTERNOON

RESEMBLANCE DEPRECIATION

(Soma)tic 20: A Nude in a BUCKET

Shiva’s 4 Hands Kneading the Dough that is Your Face

(Soma)tic 21: TOUCH YOURSELF FOR ART

ROTHKO7, DAY 1 thru 7

(Soma)tic 22: your Zoe Magnifier

hours inside philaDELPHIa

(Soma)tic 23: STUDY FOR SHOPPING MALL TREES

SHOPPING MALL TREES

(Soma)tic 24: ANTENNA JIVE

AN EXORCISM FOR THE HELL OF IT

(Soma)tic 25: AIDS SNOW FAMILY

QUALM CUTTING AND ASSEMBLAGE

(Soma)tic 26: POETRY is DIRT as DEATH is DIRT

I’m TOO Lazy for this World

(Soma)tic 27: CONFETTI ALLEGIANCE

LOVE LETTER TO JIM BRODEY

(Soma)tic Poetics: an interview with Thom Donovan & CAConrad

15 (Soma)tic Reading Enhancements

Notes from 4 (Soma)tic Poetry Workshops

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