Rafael Campo


Born in Dover, New Jersey to Cuban and Italian parents, Dr. Rafael Campo is a poet, essayist, and physician who serves as the Director of Literature and Writing Programs of the Arts and Humanities Initiative at Harvard Medical School. He practices internal medicine at both Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Campo earned a BA and an MA from Amherst College, and an MD from Harvard Medical School. Campo started practicing internal medicine in the early 1990s, at the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the US. His writing reflects his commitment to poetry as the fullest expression of self, and his understanding of it as a necessary tool for healing and empathy. Source

Love Song for Love Songs

A golden age of love songs and we still

can't get it right. Does your kiss really taste

like butter cream? To me, the moon's bright face

was neither like a pizza pie nor full;

the Beguine began, but my eyelid twitched.

"No more I love you's," someone else assured

us, pouring out her heart, in love (of course)—

what bothers me the most is that high-pitched,

undone whine of "Why am I so alone?"

Such rueful misery is closer to

the truth, but once you turn the lamp down low,

you must admit that he is still the one,

and baby, baby he makes you so dumb

you sing in the shower at the top of your lungs.





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Love & Relationships

Pop Culture

Literary Devices:


a comparison between two unrelated things through a shared characteristic


the attribution of human qualities to a non-human thing

Rhetorical Question

a question asked for effect, not necessarily to be answered


a comparison between two unlike things using the words “like” or “as”