About this book Norbert Hirschhorn said in London Grip, the international online cultural magazine: "Campo’s poems provide a master-class in writing that combines the best of prosody with the profoundest of human feeling. Rafael Campo is a much-published, award-winning poet and a physician ...".
The poems in this book are chosen from the following books, to the publishers of which I am very grateful: The Other Man Was Me (Arte Publico Press, 1994); What the Body Told (Duke University Press, 1997); Diva (Duke University Press, 2000); Landscape With Human Figure (Duke University Press, 2002); The Enemy (Duke University Press, 2007); and Alternative Medicine (Duke University Press, 2013). The author is also grateful to the editors of the following periodicals, in which many of these poems first appeared, sometimes in slightly different forms: AGNI, American Poetry Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Boston Review, Antioch Review, Cura, Gay and Lesbian Review – Worldwide, Harvard Divinity Bulletin, Harvard Medicine, The Hudson Review, Journal of Medical Humanities, Kenyon Review, Massachusetts Review, The Nation, The New Republic, The Paris Review, Parnassus, Ploughshares, Poetry, Poets.org, Prairie Schooner, Seneca Review, Slate.com, Southwest Review, Sugar House Review, Threepenny Review, upstreet, Warwick Review, Yale Review and Zyzzyva. ‘Recent Past Events’ was commended in the 2012 Hippocrates Prize (open category), and ‘Morbidity and Mortality Rounds’ won the same prize in 2013. Dr. Rafael Campo is Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Author of eight highly acclaimed books, he is the recipient of many honors and awards. “ valuable and moving . . . he is undaunted by the ugliness of the physical deterioration apparent before his eyes, seeking always to capture the beauty of the human soul in struggle with physical reality” New York Times Book Review “Rafael Campo is inevitably a poet of heartbreak, yet he remains a poet of accompanying hope” The Hudson Review “… one of the most significant poets writing in America today” Alicia Ostriker Cover image from the Second Book of Andreas Vesalius: De Humani Corporis Fabrica (1543). The Hippocrates Press is the imprint of the Hippocrates Initiative for poetry and medicine. For more information about the Press, the Hippocrates Prize, the Hippocrates Initiative and its annual international symposium on poetry and medicine, and the Hippocrates Society, visit www.hippocrates-poetry.org.