Selected Interviews & Reviews


Booklist Online

Advance Review of Alternative Medicine



The Boston Phoenix

Interview and profile by James Parker (together with Franz Wright)


Publishers Weekly

Campo's substantial following comes in part from his background and his achievements: the Cuban-American doctor, now teaching at Harvard Medical School, has written fluently and movingly, in four previous books of verse and two of prose, about his heritage, his work of healing, and his love life as a gay man in the age of HIV/AIDS. The unusual audience Campo ( What the Body Told ) has built comes at least as much from his deft handling of rhyme and meter, and those skills are on evidence here more than ever. Rhyming pentameters, sestinas, villanelles, pantouns, rhymed haiku and monorhyme apply the tools of premodern verse to the trials and joys of contemporary life. "A Simple Cuban Meal" reflects, over "roast pork,/ black beans and rice," "how little pleasure teaches us in life"; several vivid pages translate poems on erotic and political themes by Neruda. In the titular villanelle—one of several lyric works related to September 11—"We fear the enemy is all of us." Toward the collection's more optimistic close, a long-term lover, a rainstorm, crocuses and a New England beach become the poet's allies, and readers are privileged to watch him "realize/ it's in another person's heart, his eyes/ that the story of us achieves completion." (Apr.)

Poet's Choice Column by Robert Pinsky
Washington Post

Sunday April 15, 2007

The Morning News Interview


Rafael Campo and I talk about what he says at parties, healing and curing,
some of the frustrations of being a physician, the physiological imperative for
story telling, the disappearance of house calls, medicalese, the first wave of
the AIDS crisis, sitting on the Admissions Committee to Harvard Medical
School, doctors who are writers, my bad back (just kidding) and, yeah, poetry.

-- Robert Birnbaum


Science Friday NPR


"The Poetry Porch"


New England Journal of Medicine (review of The Healing Art)


Oyster Boy Review (review of Landscape with Human Figure)



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