While Standing in Line for Death

While Standing in Line for Death

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"From these rituals come notes; from those notes come poems; and from those poems comes not just a view into his process, but an entrance into another present." -- Boston Globe

After his boyfriend Earth's murder, CAConrad was looking for a (Soma)tic poetry ritual to overcome his depression. This new book of eighteen rituals and their resulting poems contains that success, along with other political actions and exercises that testify to poetry's ability to reconnect us and help put an end to our alienation from the planet.

unfastened
in the backseat a
portion of the music is
mucus flying into stillness
at what point do we submit
to the authority of flowers
at what point after it enters
the mouth is it no longer in the
mouth but the throat the colon
making sumptuous death of the world
this is what crossing the line gains
no need to pretend we
are the people we
want to be in
the next life
bone under
tongue drives
taste of snow to metal...

CAConrad is the author of ECODEVIANCE: (Soma)tics for the Future Wilderness, A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon , and The Book of Frank , as well as several other books of poetry and essays. Most recently, he has co-edited Supplication: Selected Poems of John Wieners . A 2014 Lannan Fellow, a 2013 MacDowell Fellow, and a 2011 Pew Fellow, he also conducts workshops on (Soma)tic poetry and Ecopoetics.

Publisher: Seattle :, Wave Books,, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781940696546
1940696542
Branch Call Number: 811.6 Conrad 11/2017
Characteristics: 143 pages ;,25 cm

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JCLEmmaF May 14, 2018

I had to read this after hearing CA Conrad on a podcast. His method of creating a purposeful ritual, taking notes, and then writing poems, is quite stunning and intriguing. This book is full of descriptions of these experiences, as well as the poems. So interesting.

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JCLCassandraG Dec 14, 2017

CAConrad's poems are filled with an ugly truth that could fix a few things about the world. The first few poems & rituals in this book are hard to get through because of the subject matter, but as the author's rituals enable them to break from their depression the poems lift, too. Like most... Read More »


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JCLEmmaF May 14, 2018

I had to read this after hearing CA Conrad on a podcast. His method of creating a purposeful ritual, taking notes, and then writing poems, is quite stunning and intriguing. This book is full of descriptions of these experiences, as well as the poems. So interesting.

JCLCassandraG Dec 14, 2017

CAConrad's poems are filled with an ugly truth that could fix a few things about the world. The first few poems & rituals in this book are hard to get through because of the subject matter, but as the author's rituals enable them to break from their depression the poems lift, too. Like most of CAConrad's books of exercises, this is a great book for those clowns who think they hate poetry, because it will embarrass them for having thought they hated poetry. A comeuppance I can get behind!!!

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