Today's poem is "Initiation #5: Lorca"
from Spectator

University of Utah Press

Kara Candito was born in Boston, MA and grew up on the South Shore. She is the author of Taste of Cherry (University of Nebraska Press, 2009), winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry and Spectator (University of Utah Press, forthcoming 2014), winner of the Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize. Her work has been published in such journals and anthologies as Blackbird, AGNI, The Kenyon Review, jubilat, Drunken Boat, Forklift Ohio, The Rumpus, Indiana Review, Best New Poets 2007, and A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry (University of Akron Press, 2012). A recipient of scholarships and awards from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, the Council for Wisconsin Writers, the Vermont Studio Center, the MacDowell Colony, and the Santa Fe Arts Institute, Candito is a co-curator of the Monsters of Poetry reading series, a creative writing professor at the University of Wisconsin, Platteville, and the co-director of Membership for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts.

Other poems by Kara Candito in Verse Daily:
August 1, 2014:   "Monologue During A Blackout" "What about zebra?—suppose..."

Books by Kara Candito:

Other poems on the web by Kara Candito:
Five poems
Two poems
Six poems
"Ars Amatoria: So You Want to Marry a Foreign National"

Kara Candito's Website.

Kara Candito on Twitter.

About Spectator:

"The fluidity of the writing, the lift of the heart, the self-deprecating humor, and the aggregate of the understated losses add up to, in Kara Candito’s second collection, a kind of brilliance and readability all too rare. These new poems are alive with the personality and honesty of a young poet at the beginning of true art."
—Stanley Plumly

"Spectator has a subversive heart: a series of poems about a Mexican and an American in love. These ravenous poems cross many emotional and aesthetic borders. They’re surreal, tender, meta, political, impressionistic, and angry. Kara Candito has enlarged the contemporary love poem. This is vital and startling work."
—Eduardo Corral

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