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What the Body Told

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What the Body Told is the second book of poetry from Rafael Campo, a practicing physician, a gay Cuban American, and winner of the National Poetry Series 1993 Open Competition. Exploring the themes begun in his first book, The Other Man Was Me, Campo extends the search for identity into new realms of fantasy and physicality. He travels inwardly to the most intimate spaces ...more
Paperback, 136 pages
Published February 21st 1996 by Duke University Press Books (first published January 28th 1996)
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The poems in this collection can be divided into two categories. The first, recalling Beat Poetry but composed to a careful meter, weave issues of LGBT identity and explicit depictions of sex in post-AIDS America with an almost religious concern for finding in these experiences spirituality, and repetitively, invincibility. I felt that the author's voice was drowned in the echo of the poets proceeding him. It seems impossible not to compare these poems to Ginsberg's, and while technically ...more
jojo the burlesque poetess
ten patients and another...oh my god. the merging of medical history and sonnet?! another high school syllabus turned actual real-life-friend & mentor. love it. the aforementioned 'ten patients' section reads like hypnotic addictive tormenting and gruesome and lovely poetry versions of House!!! sorry, i don't use tv comparisons lightly...
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Campo takes a while to love and understand; I would sit with one poem for an hour and it still wouldn't have sunk in. The thing is, it isn't frustrating. It's illuminating and gorgeous, and stronger than vodka. An incredible poet.
Leah Engle
Feb 26, 2013 Leah Engle rated it really liked it
Absolutely breathtaking. Campo's poetry is a handful, but well worth the read. My absolute favorite poem is "For You All Beauty", it brings me to tears.
Apr 29, 2012 Brittany rated it really liked it
Very good poetry
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“Now a gay physician has added his story to the narrative of medicine: Rafael Campo’s work queers medicine, violates all boundaries, and opens up the physician and his audience to medicine’s possibilities, its shortcomings, and its poetry.”--Chris Freeman, The Harvard Gay & Lesbian Review
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Rafael Campo was born in Dover, New Jersey, in 1964. He attended both Amherst College and Harvard Medical School before publishing his first collection of poems, The Other Man Was Me: A Voyage to the New World, which won the National Poetry Series Open Competition in 1993.
His books include The Enemy, from Duke University Press; Landscape with Human Figure (Duke University Press, 2002); Diva (1999)
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