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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.


"This mechanistic world…has required me to FIND MY BODY to FIND MY PLANET in order to find my poetry."—CAConrad

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 and Imagined. The son of white trash asphyxiation, his childhood included selling cut flowers along the highway for his mother and helping her shoplift.

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