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by Wayne Koestenbaum
     
 

"These latest poems reach swoony, unforeseen heights of mental raucousness and worshipful style."—Dennis Cooper

"With a nod to Woody Allen's story 'The Whore of Mensa' Koestenbaum proffers that largest of sex organs—the mind—and entices with erudite and smuttily trenchant wit. Charming, teasing, brainy and slightly Seder-Masochistic, this

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"These latest poems reach swoony, unforeseen heights of mental raucousness and worshipful style."—Dennis Cooper

"With a nod to Woody Allen's story 'The Whore of Mensa' Koestenbaum proffers that largest of sex organs—the mind—and entices with erudite and smuttily trenchant wit. Charming, teasing, brainy and slightly Seder-Masochistic, this collection asks that age old question, 'is Crisco Kosher?' The answer might surprise you."—D.A. Powell

Wayne Koestenbaum has published five books of nonfiction, two books of poetry, a novel, and the libretto for an opera, JACKIE O.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Acclaimed for work in queer studies and queer theory that includes books on opera divas, Andy Warhol and Jackie Onassis, the New York-based Koestenbaum is first and foremost a poet (as well as an accomplished pianist). His fifth book of verse ranges widely, entertainingly, sometimes bizarrely through fears, loves, tastes and obsessions: movie stars, middle age, cats, social theory, the meaning of cool and the significance of the poet's mother (the poet Phyllis Koestenbaum), who often appears in his dreams ("Sometimes I call my mother `Bob' "). Koestenbaum's many short poems and shorter stanzas pivot between the quizzical and the chatty, between the simply fabulous and the merely strange, achieving, at best, a campy bravura with an undertone of dismay: "I love art/ history," he exclaims, "if only/ I were/ not exploding!" Admirers of Koestenbaum's early excursions may have a hard time putting these smaller, spikier pieces together; those who like their verse both cryptic and charming might consider them just the ticket. (Apr.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Having offered up serious meditations on queer theory, opera, and aesthetics in his various works (including fiction and nonfiction), Koestenbaum lightly tosses this bouquet of chatty, off-the-cuff pieces that might surprise fans but are fun to investigate. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781885586438
Publisher:
Turtle Point Press
Publication date:
04/01/2006
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.30(d)

Meet the Author


Wayne Koestenbaum holds a B.A. from Harvard and a Ph.D. in English from Princeton University. After being named co-winner of the 1989 Discovery/The Nation poetry contest, he published his first book of verse, Ode to Anna Moffo and Other Poems, which was chosen as one of The Village Voice Literary Supplement's "Favorite Books of 1990." He has since published two other books of poetry and three books of prose, including a collection of essays, Cleavage: Essays on Sex, Stars, and Aesthetics (Ballantine, 2000). He is a tenured Professor of English at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

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