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On CAConrad’s Anger at Hyperallergic

By Harriet Staff

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For Hyperallergic Emma Eisenberg reviews New Zealand filmmakers Belinda Schmid and David Welch’s new film about CAConrad, The Book of Conrad. From the top:

Anger tends to live in familiar tones and images. But in The Book of Conrad, a documentary profiling the life and creative practice of poet CAConrad, we see anger anew: as the impulse behind living, behind ritual, even behind prayer.

We watch long shots of Conrad’s body — flowing hair down his back, bright silk jackets, headbands, green frog-eye sunglasses — as it walks the streets of Philadelphia with defiance. We watch Conrad’s body up close, performing a reiki ritual over packages of meat in a supermarket, as he explains that eating meat is a violent and spiritually painful practice. We watch from far away his body on the stage of the Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church, moving as he performs a poem with a core image of American soldiers shooting Middle Eastern babies.

Anger tends to live in familiar tones and images. But in The Book of Conrad, a documentary profiling the life and creative practice of poet CAConrad, we see anger anew: as the impulse behind living, behind ritual, even behind prayer.

We watch long shots of Conrad’s body — flowing hair down his back, bright silk jackets, headbands, green frog-eye sunglasses — as it walks the streets of Philadelphia with defiance. We watch Conrad’s body up close, performing a reiki ritual over packages of meat in a supermarket, as he explains that eating meat is a violent and spiritually painful practice. We watch from far away his body on the stage of the Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church, moving as he performs a poem with a core image of American soldiers shooting Middle Eastern babies.

Continue at Hyperallergic.

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Posted in Poetry News on Friday, March 25th, 2016 by Harriet Staff.