Poetry. LGBT Studies. CA Conrad did 36 rituals a day for 36 days in Marfa, Texas, taking notes between each ritual, the notes harvested later for the poems contained here in CIRCLE M. Some of these rituals include watching 36 installments (about 5 minutes per installment) of the film GIANT, filmed in Marfa in 1955, starring James Dean, Elizabeth Taylor, and Rock Hudson. Conrad also dressed a sweet potato in a purple skirt and carried her around town to have conversations with strangers about identity and potato avatars. He sang to chickens, infused his food with crystals and Yoko Ono's music, 36 rituals in all, the notes later coming together to make 36 poems.
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