The Book of Frank
Winner of the 2009 Gil Ott Book Award, this expanded edition of The Book of Frank features additional "Frank" poems and an essay by Eileen Myles.
Praised by poet Anne Waldman as a "voyeuresque surreal portrait," The Book of Frank is also, in the words of candid portrayal of human cruelty and its resultant fantasies of escape."...more
This is a need right now. I am alive!
Get it! If you haven't already. It is not all hype. CA Conrad must have one hell of a heart and mind.
Expansive in all the best meanings of that term. Frank. I love you!
And anyone who uses a cowboy here and there gets my vote:
Frank added the milk to the
Instant Cowboy Mix and
herded himself into the
This is the first book I have read that comes amazingly close to doing what I've been trying to do with my poems the last three years. I'm in love.
The poems in the book are some of the most creative, fun, crazy, perverted I've read. They are delightful, hilarious and creepy. I love when poetry really goes over the top, and this has.
All the poems are about Frank, who some people have said is Conrad's alter ego. The poem ...more
I simply do not know what is being talked about much of time. The general theme and narrative (if there is one) is easy enough to discern, but many of the verses leave me bewildered and having no idea what is occurring within them.
A quick read, thankfully. I do not appear to have the patience to pick apart and unravel Conrad's complexities, so this is a blessing.
kept in jars of formaldehyde
Mother burped each one
spooned peas against the glass
she rocked them all at once in her arms
no room for Frank
"you are too big for a jar my child
you will betray me the rest of your life"
"'...I have shredded the parachutes to confetti
in celebration of our arrival'" (53).
Frank spoke softly into envelopes
instead of writing letters" (61).
"'We're 80% water' Frank says
'20% canoes can't ride'" (132).
"Frank plays chicken with a freight train
his Spirit's left standing
sure of a miss" (144).
saying you don't get poetry is so teenage. what does it even mean? it's sort of like you're driving down a very windy road and you're listening to the radio and the radio is broadcasting the poem. and sometimes when you round a bend, the rocks or a tree or something gets in the wa ...more
Frank spoke softly
When I read this one my heart skipped a beat. It's like Conrad astrally-projected himself to 2006, and whispered in my ear in that dormitory down the street from the Anne Frank House, as I typed a flurry of correspondence to my friend Grace Tran about our necessarily ne ...more
This is full of character and plot, and it plays its way around gender and sexuality, but that's not what the book is about. This book is about living, and the ...more
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looking under Frank’s shirt for the door
“I’m no theater” Frank said
a line formed
must he admit them all?
many had umbrellas
a blind woman
“it’s gonna be a great show” someone said
“but when’s he gonna let us in?”
Frank’s tears began to fall
someone ripped his doors open
they filled him for an hour”