While Standing in Line for Death by C.A. Conrad

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Read While Standing in Line for Death Online Free - "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.

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.

Title : While Standing in Line for Death
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ISBN : 1940696550
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 208 pages


Griffin rated it ★★★★★

October 30, 2017

Along with Fred Moten, Simone White, and Dana Ward, CA Conrad is one of the greatest American poets to emerge in the last twenty years. This book further solidifies it. This excerpt gives good description of what happens with every one of CAConrad's books I read: the tongue gives the mind a chance t...

Nom rated it ★★★★★

January 31, 2018

I'm not sure what I could really say about this book. So many things came in and out of my life that wove thru the poems too. I am not all the way there with CA on everything they do and believe, but I have deep respect for this amazing process, and how frank (no pun intended) it all is, and how...

Sara rated it ★★★★★

October 31, 2017

While Standing in Line for Death is very transparent about its process. Preceding certain poems, the speaker makes eye contact with the reader & speaks about speaking. The book includes links to multimedia, readings of poems & videos documenting where CA Conrad was when inspiration struck h...

Elizabeth rated it ★★★★★

January 17, 2018

CAConrad never fails to surprise amuse and amaze me.

Rachel rated it ★★★★★

December 19, 2017

striking, intuitive, deeply spiritual. feels as though i will read this book, perpetually, for the rest of my life.

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