From a review by Joel Allegretti: The Philadelphia poet CAConrad in interview after interview has made it clear that he not only wants poetry to be his life, he wants his life to be poetry. He articulates this personal mission at length in his latest book, A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon: New (Soma)tics (Wave Books, 2012), and urges the reader to sign on as an active participant.
“Poetry collection” is an insufficient term for this work; poems as poems constitute only a part of it. Yes, A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon is a poetry book, but it’s also a self-help guide, a portfolio of performance texts, a political manifesto and a textbook for a course you will attend for the rest of your life.
–by Joel Allegretti