Thursday, January 12, 2017

from “[the old soiled carpet of the wish to be Anaïs]” by Wayne Koestenbaum

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January 12, 2017

from "[the old soiled carpet of the wish to be Anaïs]"

Wayne Koestenbaum

About This Poem


"This poem is a tiny excerpt from my trance trilogy's second volume, Camp Marmalade, to be published in Fall 2017 by Nightboat Books. The first volume was The Pink Trance Notebooks. Aphorism, lament, notation, murmur, scratch: am I the 'sick tint' inundating my own language?"
—Wayne Koestenbaum


Wayne Koestenbaum is the author of The Pink Trance Notebooks (Nightboat Books, 2015).  He is a Distinguished Professor of English, French, and Comparative Literature at the CUNY Graduate Center and lives in New York City.


Photo credit: Katharine McMahon


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The Pink Trance Notebooks

(Nightboat Books, 2015)

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