Diva

Campo, Rafael

Published by Duke University Press Books, 1999
ISBN 10: 0822324172 / ISBN 13: 9780822324171
Used / Paperback / Quantity Available: 0
Available From More Booksellers
View all  copies of this book

About the Book

We're sorry; this specific copy is no longer available. AbeBooks has millions of books. We've listed similar copies below.

Description:

We ship International with Tracking Number! May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service! j. Bookseller Inventory #

About this title:

Book ratings provided by Goodreads:
3.68 avg rating
(28 ratings)

Synopsis: 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 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 García 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.”—Zoë 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

Review: Rafael Campo seems to have recognized early on that, like William Carlos Williams, his work as a physician gives him entry into what Williams called "the secret gardens of the self." No wonder Campo's best poetry has always drawn on his knowledge of the human body and his informed compassion for the sick. But if the ghost of Williams hovers over the pages of Diva, so does that of Walt Whitman, with his life-affirming philosophy of connection and brotherhood, and his joyous acceptance of the flesh.

Campo's third collection is arranged in five sections, the first drawing an imaginative map of Cuba and the poet's conflicted feelings toward his paternal homeland. In "The Dream of Loving Cuba," he writes:

It's half-erect
beneath America on all my maps--
just look at how it wants me, shamelessly,
a geographic urge that can't be helped,
a crime of nature, both a heretic and ever faithful to its needs.
Indeed, Campo is often strongest when describing experiences beyond his own, whether the subject is pre-revolutionary Cuba, motherhood, or slow death from AIDS. His is the voice from the bedside, the voice of the interested onlooker. This capability serves him well in "Baby Pictures," a long prose poem on maternity, in which childbirth becomes a metaphor for every sort of origin. Sometimes, however, he appears to view womanhood in the Latin manner, as an exotic and unfortunate condition (see his poem on the great, lost Audre Lorde.) Even in "The Pelvic Exam," in which the narrator-cum-doctor explores a teenage girl's pelvic cavity for signs of cancer, his empathy seems to be at war with his horror of being penetrated, of passivity: "At first the tears that drop are half-controlled. / Abnormal bleeding after periods / Has made her pain's unwilling centerfold."

The book ends with Campo's fluid, admirable translations of Lorca's queer-themed Sonnets of Dark Love. The author also adds a note about Lorca's influence on his own work, explaining that he spent years "trying to make my English sound like Spanish, that elusive inner language of my lost childhood in Latin America." Whether he's succeeded in this bit of linguistic cross-pollination is hard to gauge. But in his frequent use of rhyme and his gift for observing his immediate environment, Campo has undoubtedly produced a satisfying, accessible body of work, which has won him a pair of Lambda Literary Awards and a nomination for the 1999 National Book Critics Circle Award. The poems in Diva, especially the title poem à clef on adolescent clarity and angst, should only extend his considerable audience. --Regina Marler

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Bibliographic Details

Title: Diva
Publisher: Duke University Press Books
Publication Date: 1999
Binding: Paperback
Book Condition: Used: Good

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Rafael Campo
Published by Duke University Press (1999)
ISBN 10: 0822324172 ISBN 13: 9780822324171
Used Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Better World Books
(Mishawaka, IN, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Duke University Press, 1999. Book Condition: Good. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP15636877

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
US$ 3.80
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Rafael Campo
Published by Duke University Press (1999)
ISBN 10: 0822324172 ISBN 13: 9780822324171
Used Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Better World Books
(Mishawaka, IN, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Duke University Press, 1999. Book Condition: Very Good. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Bookseller Inventory # GRP74836158

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
US$ 3.80
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Rafael Campo
Published by Duke University Press (1999)
ISBN 10: 0822324172 ISBN 13: 9780822324171
Used Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Better World Books
(Mishawaka, IN, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Duke University Press, 1999. Book Condition: Good. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP69461653

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
US$ 3.80
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Rafael Campo
Published by Duke University Press (1999)
ISBN 10: 0822324172 ISBN 13: 9780822324171
Used Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Better World Books: West
(Reno, NV, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Duke University Press, 1999. Book Condition: Very Good. Ships from Reno, NV. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Bookseller Inventory # GRP96373302

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
US$ 3.80
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Campo, Rafael
Published by Duke Univ Pr (Tx)
ISBN 10: 0822324172 ISBN 13: 9780822324171
Used Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Green Earth Books
(Portland, OR, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Duke Univ Pr (Tx). Paperback. Book Condition: Good. Light shelving wear with minimal damage to cover and bindings. Pages show minor use. Bookseller Inventory # G0822324172I3N00

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
US$ 3.81
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Rafael Campo; Federico Garc?a Lorca
Published by Duke University Press
ISBN 10: 0822324172 ISBN 13: 9780822324171
Used Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Silver Arch Books
(St Louis, MO, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Duke University Press. Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. Ex-Library Book - will contain Library Markings. Book shows a small amount of wear - very good condition. Bookseller Inventory # G0822324172I4N10

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
US$ 3.81
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Campo, Rafael
Published by Duke University Press Books
ISBN 10: 0822324172 ISBN 13: 9780822324171
Used PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 11
Seller
Rating
[?]

Book Description Duke University Press Books. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: Very Good. 0822324172 Crisp, clean, unread paperback with light shelfwear to the covers and a publisher's mark to one edge - Nice!. Bookseller Inventory # Z0822324172Z2

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
US$ 7.21
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

CAMPO, RAFAEL/ GARCI
Published by Duke University Press Books
ISBN 10: 0822324172 ISBN 13: 9780822324171
Used Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Magers and Quinn Booksellers
(Minneapolis, MN, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Duke University Press Books. Book Condition: Like New. May have minor shelf wear and/or a remainder mark. Complete. Paperback. Bookseller Inventory # 737615

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
US$ 3.29
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Campo, Rafael
Published by Duke University Press Books
ISBN 10: 0822324172 ISBN 13: 9780822324171
Used PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Qwestbooks COM LLC
(Bensalem, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Duke University Press Books. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: Very Good. 0822324172 Little edge wear. Bookseller Inventory # Z0822324172Z2

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
US$ 7.45
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Rafael Campo
Published by Duke University Press, United States (1999)
ISBN 10: 0822324172 ISBN 13: 9780822324171
Used Trade Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Powell's Books
(Portland, OR, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Duke University Press, United States, 1999. Trade Paperback. Book Condition: Good. TRADE PAPERBACK Legendary independent bookstore online since 1994. Reliable customer service and no-hassle return policy. Fiction and Poetry>Poetry>A to Z. Book: USED, Good. Bookseller Inventory # 01978082232417105. Bookseller Inventory # 01978082232417105

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
US$ 3.00
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.49
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are 35 more copies of this book

View all search results for this book