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The Pink Trance Notebooks
Wayne Koestenbaum

2015 • 416
pp. 6 x 9"

$17.95 Paperback, 978-1-937658-40-3

A collection of “addictively readable” daybook poems from a leading cultural critic and poet

The Pink Trance Notebooks is the product of the year Wayne Koestenbaum stopped keeping the traditional journal he had maintained for three decades and began a series of “trance notebooks” as a way to reflect an intensified, unmoored consciousness. The resulting sequence of 34 assemblages reflects Koestenbaum’s unfettered musings, findings, and obsessions. Freed from the conventions of prose, this concatenation of the author’s intimate observations and desires lets loose a poetics of ecstatic praxis—voiced with aplomb and always on point.
“Wayne Koestenbaum is one of the most original and relentlessly obsessed cultural spies writing today. His alarmingly focused attention to detail goes beyond lunacy into hilarious and brilliant clarity.”  —John Waters

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From the Book:

From “Trance Notebook #10 [a Marschallin moment in the vanity mirror]”

I have to go to the
bathroom” says a crabby
woman doing crossword puzzles

“Alan, I don't feel good,
I have terrible pains
in my stomach”

a Marschallin moment
in the vanity mirror

consoling nature of
male underarm odor
though seventh grade
is the time to learn
how to prevent it

WAYNE KOESTENBAUM is a poet and cultural critic. His recent books include My 1980s & Other Essays, Humiliation, The Anatomy of Harpo Marx, and the poetry collection Blue Stranger with Mosaic Background. He lives in New York City.

Tue, 15 May 2018 13:39:54 -0500