EP11circle Trance Notebook #22
Wayne Koestenbaum


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In Trance Notebook #22 [ultramarine has a pocky charisma], Wayne Koestenbaum presents journals as “a higher pitch of ceremony, an occasion for intensified, unmoored consciousness.”
 
An excerpt from EP 11:
 
“sons as sticks to be
proud of, even from
afar

she abandoned

me while playing harp

we sing because we hold
ourselves secret
resources apart
from imagined drunken
victories

suddenly
sentimental we”


Wayne Koestenbaum has published over a dozen books, on such subjects as hotels, Harpo Marx, humiliation, Jackie Onassis, opera and Andy Warhol. His latest book of prose is My 1980s & Other Essays and his latest book of poetry is Blue Stranger with Mosaic Background. His first solo exhibition of paintings took place at White Columns gallery in New York, in Fall 2012. He is a Distinguished Professor of English at the CUNY Graduate Center.






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