Your New Feeling Is the Artifact of a Bygone Era

Your New Feeling Is the Artifact of a Bygone Era

by Chad Bennett

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Overview

Shirley Temple tap dancing at the Kiwanis Club, Stevie Nicks glaring at Lindsey Buckingham during a live version of “Silver Springs,” Frank Ocean lyrics staking new territory on the page: this is a taste of the cultural landscape sampled in Your New Feeling is the Artifact of a Bygone Era. Chad Bennett casually combines icons of the way we live now—GIFs, smartphones, YouTube—with a classical lover’s lament. The result is certainly a deeply personal account of loss, but more critically, a dismantling of an American history of queerness. “This is our sorrow. Once it seemed theirs, but now it’s ours. They still inhabit it, yet we say it’s ours.” All at once cerebral, physical, personal, and communal, Your New Feeling Is the Artifact of a Bygone Era constructs a future worth celebrating.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781946448484
Publisher: Sarabande Books
Publication date: 01/14/2020
Series: Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry Series
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 798,811
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Chad Bennett’s poems have appeared in Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Fence, Gulf Coast, jubilat, The Offing, Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, The Volta, and elsewhere. He is the author of Word of Mouth: Gossip and American Poetry, a study of twentieth century poetry and the queer art of gossip. He lives in Austin, Texas, where he is an associate professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin.

Read an Excerpt

HOW THAT BIRD SINGS


[Ten discrete lines: four repeated]




How do you doubt your bird was untrue? Think



“Few sadder histories have been than his.”



Wake late: take the boulevard soaked in sleep



Then delete his browsing history. Claim



That’s just how that bird sings, just how that bird



Has his way with me where his throat begins.



Wake late: take the boulevard soaked in sleep



Where the wide turn of hair thins at his thigh



Or perk your ears at the erased tape’s hiss.



Make an inkling an ambience: decide



“Few sadder histories have been than his.”



How do you doubt your bird was untrue? Think



Where the wide turn of hair thins at his thigh



How the trivial fucks with the divine







LIVES OF INFAMOUS MEN


History misses pansies

—Gertrude Stein




Who is a history. He is a surface the eye skims. He is not the light’s

scrim. He is who is. He comes in threes.



Who is a history. He misses the taste of metal. He misses the sheen

of gasoline. He misses a gaped mouth and misses a gasp missing

still. He unfastens history’s clasp. He will not scream.



Who is a history. He will not scram. He who finds pleasure in the

ledger, who anoints a fidget king, who escapes a scrape at history’s

edge: he.



Who is a history. Who imagines he is a history. Who is and who

in imagining is. Who in a pinch. Who from scratch. Whose violet

thought, freaked with jet, set adrift on history’s inch.





FEMMES


I was with a girl, but I felt like I was with a boy

—Violent Femmes



I was with a girl but felt like I was with a boy.

I was with a grievance but felt like I was with a blessing.

I was with a going but felt like I was with a beckoning.

I was with a grisaille but felt like I was with a blur.

I was with a grave but felt like I was with a birth.

I was with a god but felt like I was with a beast.

I was with a Genet but felt like I was with a Bataille.

I was with a grotesque but felt like I was with a beauty.

I was with a ghost but felt like I was with a body.

Table of Contents

Foreword Ocean Vuong vii

Idiorrhythmy 1

How That Bird Sings 5

Andy Warhol 7

Other Weathers 9

Trick 10

Some Faggy Gestures 12

Poem Beginning and Ending with a Line by Morrissey 15

Gerhard Richter 16

Lives of Infamous Men 18

Blue 19

Knock Knock 21

Femmes 22

White Halls 23

Little Thought Experiment 25

Memory and Forgetting Are Equally Arrogant 26

Theory of the Lyric 27

Soon-to-Be Innocent Fun / Let's See 28

Where Your Body Is Is a Very Precious Place 29

Black Jacket 30

Silver Springs 35

How to Live Together 61

I Am Odious (As It Turns Out). I Am Monstrous Glad 63

Brighton Rock 65

Punctum 66

Found Photograph 67

George Dyer 68

Patroclus in the Armor of Achilles 70

The Homosexual Tradition in American Poetry 72

Little Spell against Future Woe 73

Now at Your Lips 75

Every Kind of Love or At Least My Kind of Love Must Be an Imaginary Love to Start With 76

Alice B. Toklas 77

Caught in a Trap but Can't Back Out Because I Love You Too Much Baby 79

Goodbye Party 80

Your Fade-Out Is a Tiny Philosophy but No Less True for That 82

The Noise of Time Is Not Sad 83

Illegible Cloud 85

Nights 86

Your New Feeling Is the Artifact of a Bygone Era 91

Annotations 93

Acknowledgments 99

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