In Kara Candito's prize-winning debut collection a "garish/human theatre" comes to life against richly textured geographic and psychic landscapes. These poems are high-speed meditations on a world where Walter Benjamin meets the "glitzy chain-link of Chanel scarves" and Puccini's Tosca meets the din of the Times Square subway station. Ferociously witty and intensely lyrical, Taste of Cherry speaks to us in a language that is simultaneously private and public, sensual and cerebral.
Kara Candito's work has appeared in such journals as Gulf Coast, Blackbird, Prairie Schooner, Nimrod, Best New Poets 2007, and the Florida Review. She has been awarded scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writer's Conference and the Florida State University College of Arts and Sciences Foundation. She has an MFA from the University of Maryland and is currently a PhD candidate and instructor at Florida State University.
Acknowledgments One Self-Portrait with an Ice Pick La Bufera: Our Last Trip to Sicily Floristic Elegy for the Year I Lived with You in Coconut Grove Notes for a Novice Flaneur Postcard: I've Been Meaning to Write-- Egypt Journal: The Poet's Condition Egypt Journal: Christmas at the Great Pyramid Two. Portraits Carnivale, 1934 Epic Poem Concerning the Poet's Coming of Age as Attis Gilead Red Girl in the Grass Three Taste of Cherry Barely Legal: Upon Finding My Father's Porn A Necessary Fiction He Was Only Half as Beautiful California Sleeping with Rene Magritte Polarity Strange Zippers: A Poem in Which the Heroine The Fitting On the Occasion of Our Argument During a vh1 Best Power Ballads Countdown Last Happiness Notes