Former United States Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith wrote in the New York Times, "CA Conrad's poems invite the reader to become an agent in a joint act of recovery, to step outside of passivity and propriety and to become susceptible to the illogical and the mysterious." The poems in AMANDA PARADISE reach out from a (Soma)tic poetry ritual where CA flooded their body with the field recordings of recently extinct animals. Foundational here are the memories of loved ones who died of AIDS, the daily struggle of existing through the Corona Virus pandemic, and the effort to arrive at a new way of falling in love with the world as it is, not as it was.
CA Conrad has been working with the ancient technologies of poetry and ritual since 1975. They are the author of AMANDA PARADISE (Wave Books, 2021), WHILE STANDING IN LINE FOR DEATH (Wave Books, 2017), CIRCLE M (Counterpath Press, 2016), ECODEVIANCE (Wave Books, 2014), A BEAUTIFUL MARSUPIAL AFTERNOON (Wave Books, 2012), and THE BOOK OF FRANK (Wave Books, 2010). THE BOOK OF FRANK is now available in nine different languages. They received a Creative Capital grant, a Pew Fellowship, a Lambda Literary Award, and a Believer Magazine Book Award. They teach at Columbia University in New York City and Sandberg Art Institute in Amsterdam.Author City: PHILADELPHIA, PA USA