CAConrad’s poems vibrate with the flamboyant desire that manifests itself in queer culture, where the right to act on basic desires can become a battleground, and everyday acts of love and devotion must be enacted as a political form of defiance. The poems that emerge from this life long struggle illustrate the sharp edge of that defiance and desire, where joy is closely linked to death. In a world ruled by those who govern with fear, and in a landscape barbed with those who are terrified of desire, moving at speed of deviants is the only way to transform potential into action, and desire into positive change.
CAConrad‘s childhood included selling cut flowers along the highway for his mother and helping her shoplift. He escaped to Philadelphia the first chance he got, where he lives and writes today with the PhillySound poets (www.phillysound.blogspot.com). He coedits FREQUENCY Audio Journal with Magdalena Zurawski, and edits the 9for9project. He is the author of The Frank Poems and Advanced ELVIS Course, as well as several chapbooks, including (end-begin w/chants), a collaboration with Frank Sherlock.
Paper | 5.5″ x 7.5″ | 150 pgs. | ISBN: 1-932360-87-5 | List: $13.95 | 04/1/2006