- Title: Diva
- Author: Rafael Campo
- ISBN: 9780822324171
- Page: 273
- Format: Paperback
A major new work from one of America s most acclaimed younger poets, Rafael Campo s Diva appears at the intersection of confession and confinement, hyperbole and humility In his masterful third collection, Campo explores further the epic themes of his Cuban heritage and America s newness, his work as a doctor caring for AIDS patients and his identity as a gay man At onceA major new work from one of America s most acclaimed younger poets, Rafael Campo s Diva appears at the intersection of confession and confinement, hyperbole and humility In his masterful third collection, Campo explores further the epic themes of his Cuban heritage and America s newness, his work as a doctor caring for AIDS patients and his identity as a gay man At once relishing and resisting the poetic traditions of formal English verse, Diva showcases Campo moving deftly between received forms and free verse In each poem the sound of words is transformed into the highest of arts, the act of performance into the exercise of power, and the most profound abjection into the sweet promise of divinity Culminating with his new and daring translations of Federico Garc a Lorca s sonetos the great Spanish poet s most homoerotically explicit and formally accomplished poems Campo s music instills in the reader an exalted understanding of beauty, suffering, and, ultimately, the human capacity for empathy.From reviews of Campo s previous poetry Extraordinary meditations on illness and the healing power of words Lambda Literary Foundation Read Campo to enter the bloodstream of a man who, with a haunting clarity of vision, shares his memories, his anguish, his healing love Cortney Davis, Literature and Medicine Riveting, provocative, and refreshing this volume is a gift to the clinician who is trying to re invoke in his or her students the humility, compassion, and deep caring that brought us all into medicine in the first place Dr Sandra L Bertman, Annals of Internal Medicine Campo listens to the sounds the body makes, but what he hears is poetry Zo Ingalls, Chronicle of Higher Education Powerful and accessible Jonathan Jackson, Washington Blade Bemused, indelible, and heartbreaking Marilyn Hacker, Out Campo s private corral of disparate words twist, torque, collide with gorgeous creative imperative Nomi Eve, Independent Weekly
Recent Comments "Diva"
"Diva . . . sings across an extraordinary range of tones and topics. . . . Campo’s poems have always negotiated the difficult terrain of identity across these very complicated categories, and the ones in Diva refine that further, often taking glorious flight as they celebrate the very earthbound complexities of the experiences they explore. . . . His poems both dance and sing, and offer his readers a rare opportunity to enjoy the music of a poetry not afraid, or ashamed, to belt out its beauti [...]
this poet is brilliant. he mixes more formal style and free verse together in his poems. and they are moving. laurie-if you read this comment, he has one about the x-files that i'll have to email you.
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