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
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
A sign of the times.
Not as modern, original, shocking, avant-garde, etc., so as to be appreciated as the work of a "prophet of the new" either, so quite unworthy to me (for, as a lover of old art, I care more about depth, craft and beauty, but highly appreciate and enjoy what Duchamp was about, anyhow).
The internet (or simply American's most genuine talent, which is to attain fame, make money and/or "make it" [who knows about the greatest female poet ev ...more
I love C.A.
Had to read this in one sitting since it was a library loan, but I’d suggest ALSO watching his doc, “The Book of Conrad” after reading these poems.
I’ve only been exposed to C.A.’s somatics, but it’s easy to see why this early poetry is so influential. They’re classic C.A.--, funny, queer, + profound, encapsulated in more of a narrative edge than his later collections. I understand why, when this book came out that these poems had everyone feeling so electric.
If you are new to ...more
Frank is sad
her dogs like him
but she doesn't
he likes her dogs
but they are
on the street
they bark for
Frank while she
are not an
of her joy
I sped home and devoured the book in one sitting.
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
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”