Ecodeviance: (Soma)Tics for the Future Wilderness

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160
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7.5 X 9.9 X 0.5 inches | 0.78 pounds
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English
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9781940696010

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About the Author

CAConrad is the author of A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon (Wave Books, 2012) and The Book of Frank (Wave Books, 2010/Chax Press, 2009), as well as several other books of poetry and essays. A 2014 Lannan Fellow, a 2013 MacDowell Fellow, and a 2011 Pew Fellow, he also conducts workshops on (Soma)tic poetry and Ecopoetics.

Reviews

Again and again, CAConrad s poetry demonstrates that self-exposurethe braver and more apparently audacious, the betterhas the capacity not only to create some of the rawest, most intensely intimate and original poetry being written today, but also to act as a powerful force for overcoming the communicative barriers all around us.
Excerpted from the announcement for The Fifth Annual Believer Poetry Award to ECODEVIANCE
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, which a reader could as easily follow on her own across the page as a poem, or across time as a performance of the same ritual.
Michael Andor Brodeur, The Boston Globe
We need this so bad right now: an alternative to all the shoulds, the obligations we take on ourselves to be productive, do more, know more, and care harder so we can fix things; a counter to the stultifying and earnest gloom, self-flagellation, and resignation that is just crushing nature poetry. ECODEVIANCE is a subversive syllabus for a queer ecopoetics, ... exercises, all at once, in magic, telepathy, transgression, confrontation, fantasy, wish-fulfillment, interspecies communications, self-healing, and writing.
Charles Legere, Boston Review
The constant reverberations of collective and individual injury and suffering are openly registered in Conrad's work to memorable effect. Dedicated to his friends, ECODEVIANCE is kept from imploding on itself by love, camaraderie, and determinationa time capsule for the future wilderness and anyone who's being here now.
Charity Coleman, BOMB
These poems are extreme, it s true. There s no way to, there s no reason to, deny this. When Conrad explains that he wants to create an extreme present, he doesn t mean that the present which he creates is one that is extreme by virtue of the fact that he has bloodied his foot or inserted a plastic tube into his penis, it is extreme by virtue of the fact that we have all made it extreme I blame everyone when I blame / myself I m that good a shot, he says.
Drew Webster, Colorado Review
Much of Conrad s work directly illuminates his politics, attacking the separation that he believes American culture creates between humans and the natural world. He presents at once a project of radical existential protest, a back-to-nature agenda, and a goal of queer liberation.
Publishers Weekly
I m crazy about how this project combines a dead-serious activist mission (connecting with other humans despite and in full acknowledgment of war, violence and environmental degradation) with wacky procedural methods ripe for inspiration. I love that it lays the whole process and intention bare for all of us to see with a kind of transparency all too rare for poets. . .and yet the resulting poems are still mysterious and wholly unexpected.
Arielle Greenberg, The American Poetry Review
The language in Conrad s poems is surprising in its rawness. While grounded in the specific and the material, the poems touch on Big, Important Issues. The poems themselves, however, stay firmly grounded in this world, in language that actual people use.
H. V. Cramond, New Pages"
Again and again, CAConrad's poetry demonstrates that self-exposure--the braver and more apparently audacious, the better--has the capacity not only to create some of the rawest, most intensely intimate and original poetry being written today, but also to act as a powerful force for overcoming the communicative barriers all around us.
--Excerpted from the announcement for The Fifth Annual Believer Poetry Award to ECODEVIANCE

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, which a reader could as easily follow on her own -- across the page as a poem, or across time as a performance of the same ritual.
--Michael Andor Brodeur, The Boston Globe

We need this so bad right now: an alternative to all the shoulds, the obligations we take on ourselves to be productive, do more, know more, and care harder so we can fix things; a counter to the stultifying and earnest gloom, self-flagellation, and resignation that is just crushing nature poetry. ECODEVIANCE is a subversive syllabus for a queer ecopoetics, ... exercises, all at once, in magic, telepathy, transgression, confrontation, fantasy, wish-fulfillment, interspecies communications, self-healing, and writing.
--Charles Legere, Boston Review

The constant reverberations of collective and individual injury and suffering are openly registered in Conrad's work to memorable effect. Dedicated to his friends, ECODEVIANCE is kept from imploding on itself by love, camaraderie, and determination--a time capsule for the future wilderness and anyone who's being here now.
--Charity Coleman, BOMB

These poems are extreme, it's true. There's no way to, there's no reason to, deny this. When Conrad explains that he wants to "create" an extreme present, he doesn't mean that the present which he creates is one that is extreme by virtue of the fact that he has bloodied his foot or inserted a plastic tube into his penis, it is extreme by virtue of the fact that we have all made it extreme--"I blame everyone when I blame / myself I'm that good a shot," he says.
--Drew Webster, Colorado Review

Much of Conrad's work directly illuminates his politics, attacking the separation that he believes American culture creates between humans and the natural world. He presents at once a project of radical existential protest, a back-to-nature agenda, and a goal of queer liberation.
--Publishers Weekly

I'm crazy about how this project combines a dead-serious activist mission (connecting with other humans despite and in full acknowledgment of war, violence and environmental degradation) with wacky procedural methods ripe for inspiration. I love that it lays the whole process and intention bare for all of us to see with a kind of transparency all too rare for poets. . .and yet the resulting poems are still mysterious and wholly unexpected.
--Arielle Greenberg, The American Poetry Review

The language in Conrad's poems is surprising in its rawness. While grounded in the specific and the material, the poems touch on Big, Important Issues. The poems themselves, however, stay firmly grounded in this world, in language that actual people use.
--H. V. Cramond, New Pages