‘AMANDA PARADISE’: Doing the hard work with CAConrad
What do you get when you flood your body with the field recordings of recently extinct animals? This week during The Write Question, CAConrad, author of AMANDA PARADISE: Resurrect Extinct Vibration (Wave Books), talks with Lauren about their writing processes: the (soma)tic poetry rituals that result in poetry that shimmers, surprises, and sears.
CAConrad has been working with the ancient technologies of poetry and ritual since 1975. They are the author of AMANDA PARADISE: Resurrect Extinct Vibration (Wave Books, 2021). Other titles include While Standing in Line for Death and Ecodeviance. The Book of Frank is now available in 9 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. Please visit their website.
A Thousand Times You Lose Your Treasure by Hoa Nguyen (Wave Books)
Lauren Korn recommends (a lot!):
The Martyrology by bpNichol (Coach House Books)
Hannah Weiner’s Open House by Hannah Weiner (Kenning Editions)
Mercury by Ariana Reines (Fence Books)
My Vocabulary Did This to Me: The Collected Poetry of Jack Spicer edited by Peter Gizzi and Kevin Killian (Wesleyan University Press)
The Book of Feral Flora by Amanda Ackerman (Les Figues Press)
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