Rhapsodies of a Repeat Offender: Poems / Edition 1

Rhapsodies of a Repeat Offender: Poems / Edition 1

by Wayne Koestenbaum
     
 

ISBN-10: 0892552123

ISBN-13: 2900892552121

Pub. Date: 08/28/1995

Publisher: Persea Books

The collection's cornerstones are two rhapsodies - long poems which combine the richness of a novel, the intimacy of a lyric, and the immediacy of a performance. At the climax of the first, the poet meets his double, a dying boy whose shameful moniker is "Baldie." As if in response to this explosive confrontation, the poet dares to write a second, wilder "Rhapsody" -…  See more details below

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The collection's cornerstones are two rhapsodies - long poems which combine the richness of a novel, the intimacy of a lyric, and the immediacy of a performance. At the climax of the first, the poet meets his double, a dying boy whose shameful moniker is "Baldie." As if in response to this explosive confrontation, the poet dares to write a second, wilder "Rhapsody" - a confessional, improvisatory fantasia, virtually a book in itself, where abjection blossoms into formally-innovative extravagance. Three sequences complete the collection: "Piano Life," a series of haunted meditations on music and mortality; "Erotic Collectibles," a disarmingly unsentimental account of sexual awakening; and "Star Vehicles," in which the poet sees his perplexities reflected in Bette Davis, Sophia Loren, Ida Lupino, and other leading ladies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900892552121
Publisher:
Persea Books
Publication date:
08/28/1995
Edition description:
NE
Pages:
120

Table of Contents

Rhapsody11
Piano Life20
Erotic Collectibles26
Star Vehicles41
Rhapsody51

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