6 x 9 inches / 92 pages
Publication date: May 15, 2018
Bloof Books is thrilled to be reissuing The City Real & Imagined, a book-length sequence by CAConrad and Frank Sherlock. Written collaboratively after daily walks through the streets of Philadelphia, the book is a natural extension of their friendship and lives as poets in a shared place.
“This city was/is ours,” says Sherlock, “as it is for everyone who lives here, loves here and hates here, for better or worse.” “We met at LOVE Park each time, a dozen times total,” explains Conrad. “We alternated who would lead the walk through the city, so the experiences were shared. This is a collaboration of shared absorption of Philadelphia, and not at all written in that pass-the-paper back and forth kind of way. This is collaboration on a scale of sensory trust, trust in each other’s abilities, trust in what each other will provide for the day, and for the poem.”
Out of print for several years, this updated edition has been completely redesigned and expanded, with a front cover photo by Zoe Strauss and an afterword by Thom Donovan. Back cover photograph by Khara Woods.