CAConrad

CAConrad is the author of the forthcoming ECODEVIANCE (Wave Books, 2014), and four other poetry collections, A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon: New (Soma)tics (Wave Books, 2012), The Book of Frank (Wave Books, 2010), Deviant Propulsion (Soft Skull Press, 2006), and a collaboration with Frank Sherlock titled The City Real & Imagined (Factor School Press, 2010).  He is also the author of a book of essays, Advanced Elvis Course (Soft Skull Press, 2008).  His poetry was a front cover feature in Poetry Magazine (October, 2013), and poems have also recently appeared in PEN America, Columbia Review, Dreamboat, Apartment Poetry, and others.  His work is included in the anthology Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics, edited by TC Tolbert and Tim Trace Peterson (Nightboat Books, 2013).  He has been awarded fellowships and grants from Lannan Foundation (2014), MacDowell Colony (2013), Summer Literary Seminars in Lithuania (2013), Banff Art Center (2013), Travel grant from Alliance of Artist Communities (2013), UCROSS Foundation (2012), RADAR Labs in Quintana Roo, Mexico (2012), Pew Fellowships in the Arts for Literature (2011), and The Gil Ott Book Award (2009).

He has taught workshops and given lectures at MoMA, PS1 MoMA, Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, CalArts, Pomona College, Machine Project of Los Angeles, Bard College, St. Mark’s Poetry Project, Poet’s House, CUNY, NYU’s Lillian Vernon House, Evergreen State, Boise State, University of Arizona, and others.  The Book of Frank was published with an Afterword by Eileen Myles, and has been translated into Spanish by Román Luján, and is currently being translated into German by Chris Michalski of Hochroth Books in Berlin, into Swedish by Pär Sjölinder of the Modernista Group AB in Stockholm, and into Argentinian Spanish by Jos Charles in Buenos Ares.  Maggie Nelson writes for PEN America, “Conrad has one of the keenest, strangest, most questing, most alive ears in contemporary poetry.  I’ve heard it said that his Book of Frank is this generation’s Dream Songs, but I think The Book of Frank surges ahead in experiment and lasting power.”  He has curated many different poetry events and reading series over the years, and is co-founder of PACE (Poet Activist Community Extension) with Frank Sherlock, Mytili Jagannathan, and Linh Dinh.  He lives in Philadelphia.


          I HOPE I’M LOUD

           WHEN I’M DEAD

 

 

I have a

mannequin for

a paperweight

it is difficult to

type with such a

large paperweight

I reach around

lovers late into

night typing

from behind it is

impossible to

tell which

is Virgil

poetry

can be

of use

the field of flying

bullets the hand

reaches through

loving the aftertaste

finding a deeper

third taste

many are

haunted by

human cruelty through

the centuries

I am haunted by

our actions since

breakfast

you said too much poetry

I said too much war

the biggest mistake for

love is straining

there was a

door marked

MISTAKE we

entered

you said too much fooling around

I said fuck off and die

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