Today's poem is "Allegorical"
from The Enemy

Duke University Press

Rafael Campo teaches and practices general internal medicine at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. He is the author of several books of poetry, including Landscape with Human Figure, winner of the gold medal in poetry from ForeWord Magazine; Diva, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Paterson Poetry Prize; and What the Body Told, winner of a Lambda Literary Award for Poetry; all also published by Duke University Press. He has written two books of essays, The Healing Art: A Doctor’s Black Bag of Poetry and The Poetry of Healing: A Doctor’s Education in Empathy, Identity, and Desire, winner of a Lambda Literary Award for memoir. His poetry and essays have appeared in periodicals including The New England Journal of Medicine, The New York Times Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, The Nation, The New Republic, Out, The Paris Review, and The Washington Post Book World.

Other poems by Rafael Campo in Verse Daily:
July 16, 2002:  "The Couple" "Releasing his determined grip..."

Books by Rafael Campo: The Enemy, What the Body Told, The Other Man Was Me: A Voyage to the New World, Diva, Landscape with Human Figure, The Desire to Heal: A Doctor's Education in Empathy, Identity, and Poetry,

Other poems on the web by Rafael Campo:
"Madonna and Child"
"Last Rites"
Eight poems
"Song in the Off Season"
"Winter Games"

Rafael Campo's Home Page.

Rafael Campoaccording to Wikipedia.

About The Enemy:

"Rafael Campo is one of the most significant poets writing in America today. In exploring the complexities of his position—Cuban American, gay, Harvard grad, physician, scrupulous observer of himself, of others, and of the worlds we inhabit—he has produced a richly textured, layered body of work, distinguished for its mastery of, and wrestling with, poetic form, as well as for its courage, compassion, and clarity. Hybrid—a mix of memory and desire, trust and fear, anger and love—his work has always been death-haunted yet he speaks for what is alive and healing in American culture."
—Alicia Suskin Ostriker

"Rafael Campo writes tough, questioning, rueful, exquisite, true-hearted poems that resist nostalgia while testing the transformative power of beauty. In perfectly wrought poem after poem, he explores the ‘honor’ of sacrifice and the breadth of human fidelities. The Enemy is surely Campo’s best book yet."
—Elizabeth Alexander

"Rafael Campo’s The Enemy moves with naturalness, speed, and balance between experiences of domestic love—a couple of gay men, celebrating rites of daily ordinariness—and scenes from a doctor’s life. We turn to Campo for frankness, freshness, and the tang of truth, and we are rewarded."
—Rosanna Warren

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