Publication Date: October 1, 2010
ISBN# 9781933517490 (5.25x8 176pp, paperback)
Frank grew crows for hands
it was a difficult childhood
Praised by poet Anne Waldman as a “voyeuresque surreal portrait,” The Book of Frank is also, in the words of poet-critic Alan Gilbert, a “candid portrayal of human cruelty and its resultant fantasies of escape.” This is an expanded edition of CAConrad’s The Book of Frank, featuring additional “Frank” poems and an afterword by Eileen Myles.
Conrad’s approach is a welcome change from high-minded poetry that steadfastly ignores the body in all its dumb, limiting materiality. Rimbaud declared that “I is another”; 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, by forcing ourselves to travel through the shames and humiliations of its portals, can we achieve transport.
Christopher Schmidt, Bookforum
At once charming and frightening, The Book of Frank will certainly take the top of your head off, and it might just replace it with something better.
Noah Eli Gordon, Boston Review
The book offers provocative language and surprising subject matter throughout. The images are surreal, simple, startling and original... Frankly speaking, Mr. Conrad is a poet worth reading. Highly recommended.
Charles Kruger, The Rumpus
Conrad has created a intriguing book of poems, original, lucid and accessible in the best sense of the word. To read them is to enter into his world.
Mary Wilson, MAKE Mag
In The Book of Frank, CAConrad recasts this birth; he makes a cast of this birth; he casts a new son from it; like Warhol, he generates counterfeits and multiples; like Warhol, these images start to resemble one another, to enjoy a paradoxical life in and as Art that totally replaces the horizon line of conventional biology, temporality and experience.
Joyelle McSweeney, Jacket2
I…find that it takes risks. There are words in this book that speak to those who always find beauty within the filth. Just sit there…after reading, take a breath, and admire the beauty hidden within the words.
Saku Egon Evon, Columbia Poetry Review
CAConrad’s childhood included selling cut flowers along the highway for his mother and helping her shoplift. He is the author of 9 books of poetry and essays, including While Standing in Line for Death (forthcoming from Wave Books, 2017), and is also the co-editor of Supplication: Selected Poems of John Wieners. He is a Pew Fellow and has also received fellowships from Lannan Foundation, MacDowell Colony, Headlands Center for the Arts, Banff, RADAR, Flying Object and Ucross. For his books, essays, and details on the documentary The Book of Conrad (Delinquent Films 2016), please visit www.CAConrad.blogspot.com.
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