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Ecodeviance: (Soma)tics for the Future Wilderness

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CAConrad's ECODEVIANCE contains twenty-three new (Soma)tic writing exercises and their resulting poems, in which he pushes his political and ecological efforts even further. These exercises, unorthodox steps in the writing process, work to break the reader and writer out of the quotidian and into a more politically and physically aware present. In performing these rituals, ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published September 9th 2014 by Wave Books
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Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm not sure there is a way to write responsibly about this collection of instructions, poems, and meditations. Like all of my favorite poetry, I can only really express my feelings in exasperated sighs and starts of statements. CAConrad's work follows a series of explorations that the author began after returning to his hometown and discovering how much his poetic process mimicked the factory that ruled over his small town's life. The result is beautiful reminders to take life a little more slo ...more
Feb 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thank goodness for embodied instruction on how to write poems (I say as a witch). Thank goodness for the forthright politics of this—not just to talk to trees but to SCREAM about all the injustice you witness. This book is poetry as unapologetic witness.

“i am not a
f*ggot i tell
your children
about war”

Withholding one star only because this much c*ck/semen talk is boring to me (I say as a dyke).
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
His method is very idiosyncratic: he bases his poems on ritual exercises that he conducts to focus the act of attention. He strikes me as a contemporary equivalent of Ginsberg, but he doesn't sacrifice the aesthetic for the political. His language is quite deliberately unstable and prismatic; it doesn't look like a consciously literary language--more like a bricolage shaped into calligrams. This book departs significantly from his previous one, The Book of Frank, which contained the imprimatur a ...more
Jan 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
(Soma)tic rituals to emancipate you poetic body! Each ritual is a mini-poetic ad an extension of the language that gives shape and coordinate to the poem that follows. The poems are funny, heartbreaking, angry, surreal, and beautiful.
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
imaginative, transgressive, wildly strange and beautiful. will keep coming back to this one.
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: queer, place
the final series, on "act like..." haunts me! ...more
Jamie Erickson
Aug 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
I couldn't figure out if I wanted to read this in one go or in pieces. had I read it slower the works would have resonated more-- but each break I took required readjusting to CA's use of the line. I also wish I were able to perform the rituals as well-- too bad this is a library book-- maybe in the future. I appreciated the flow and unfolding of the story/memoir. Granted I was already aware of most of it-- but the way is brought the book together was beautiful. great read and I definitely recom ...more
Jun 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This guy, THIS GUY! I swear to god he just gets under your skin, Im not usually a fan of this style of poetry but he is just soooooo good. Seriously if you've never heard of him give him a shot. I first stumbled upon his Emily Dickinson poem and he just rocked me. Wonderful, fabulous, staggering, heartbreaking.... ...more
Dec 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
I got this book because it had "somatics" in the name and I checked out every book at my local library that had to do with somatics. I was not expecting poetry! It was a pleasant surprise. These poems ended up changing the way I think about things. The (Soma)tics practices were very interesting to read about as well. Time for me to go buy some crystals and write some poetry! ...more
Rituals, instructions, and playfulness abound, but also lots of questioning, probing, anger, and grief. Easy to be enamored by the strangeness and beauty of someone who really sees the world differently on purpose and proudly.
Ellie Botoman
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Mar 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
(3.5 stars :)
Guttersnipe Das
Mar 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
CA Conrad, Ecodeviance
(Soma)tics for the Future Wilderness
Wave Books, 2014

Whenever I read CA Conrad, whose poems I find as potent and brave as anyone’s alive, I end up asking, “Who else is taking these kinds of risks?” I read a lot of poetry. I seem to be one of nine adults left on the planet who still subscribe to and read literary magazines. Most of the poems I read just seem so careful, so eager to flash knowledge and earn credentials. Not bad poems, not bad at all, just semi-dehydrated. Impe
Griffin Alexander
This is the real thing.
(due to GR formatting this poem is not exactly as it appears in print)


he puts it
down in
front of
instead of passing it
this is the way of
men all over
the world
a camera with a pen wrote this poem
bending back into giant sleep
ink on pillowcase
night leaks into
mind's library
things you won't be able to
open without a
gun would include
my dreambank
we promised to
shake one
another into
a new phase
every few years
I sewed this he
Fernando Pérez Pérez
The 'rituals' he performed to write the texts are the most interesting thing of the book, fluxus happening scripts teeming with an imaginative interrogation of what it means to be present. The texts are too much an haphazardous dadaist hodgepodge to be worth rereading, I am afraid. ...more
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Sep 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The book folds open easily, inviting you to read the (Soma)tics.

I return to this book often when I'm in a creative rut.
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CAConrad’s childhood included selling cut flowers along the highway for his mother and helping her shoplift. He is the author of 9 books of poetry and essays the latest While Standing In Line For Death is forthcoming from Wave Books in September 2017. He is a Pew Fellow and has also received fellowships from Lannan Foundation, MacDowell Colony, Headlands Center for the Arts, Banff, RADAR, Flying O ...more

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