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Camp Marmalade
Wayne Koestenbaum

Publication date: March 6, 2018



Nightboat
2018 • 400 pp. 5 x 7 1/2"
Poetry / Poetry - Gay & Lesbian

$18.95 Paperback, 978-1-937658-77-9



Part two of an autobiographical trance trilogy: intimate experiments in queer documentary and improvisatory poetics

Camp Marmalade takes the freedoms of trance utterance—unfettered verbal association, explicit auto-ethnography, erotic bricolage—and applies a more stringent sense of time-as-emergency to this liberation-oriented poetic method. Part diary, part collage, part textbook for a new School of Impulse, Camp Marmalade assembles a perverse and giddy cultural archive, a Ferris wheel of aphorisms, depicting a queer body amidst a dizzying flow of sensations, dreams, and sex-and-death distillations—whether sugary, fruity, bitter, expired, or freshly jarred.

“Like an impossible love child from a late-night, drunken three-way between Joan Didion, Roland Barthes, and Susan Sontag, Wayne Koestenbaum inherited all their stylistic wonder and laser-beam smarts, but with the added point-blank jolt of sex.”—Bruce Hainley, Bidoun



WAYNE KOESTENBAUM is a poet and cultural critic. His recent books include Notes on Glaze, The Pink Trance Notebooks, My 1980s & Other Essays, and Humiliation. He lives in New York City.



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