Blue Stranger with Mosaic Background
Wayne Koestenbaum (Author)
Turtle Point Press
April 17, 2012
5.4 X 0.5 X 7.2 inches | 0.39 pounds
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About the Author
Wayne Koestenbaum has published over a dozen books on such subjects as hotels, Harpo Marx, humiliation, Jackie Onassis, and opera. His latest book of prose is My 1980s & Other Essays (2013); his latest book of poetry is Blue Stranger with Mosaic Background (2012). Koestenbaum's first solo exhibition of paintings took place at White Columns gallery in New York during the fall of 2012. He is a distinguished professor of English at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
Wayne Koestenbaum's brilliant new collection is like a lurid coloring book of "Fauvist Depravity." Playfully perverse, his poems reinvent the lyrical, satirical barb for our moment. And they're as telling as they are outrageous. Where else could we meet "the Mrs. Robinson of Abstract Expressionism" or experience the joy of biting "the wolfman's wombat ass." This scholar of excess is off the cuff, over the top, and always on the money!
Elaine Equi Like a desiccated David Markson novel, this addictively readable book of minimalist pop koans welds the body to the page. Strained through dreamspace, refracted by mediaspace and enacted in meatspace, these poems refute stability and certainty, opting instead for the irrefutable vageries of Koestenbaum's exquisitely tuned subjectivity.