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Blue Stranger With Mosaic Background

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Fast, obsessive, jumpy, tender, and joyful, the poems in Wayne Koestenbaum's Blue Stranger With Mosaic Background take his signature themes—stardom, scapegoating, aestheticism, nudism, exaltation—and cut them into serial strips: tidbits that employ techniques of pointillism, mosaic, grid, aphorism, litany, and philosophical investigation.

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Paperback, 128 pages
Published April 17th 2012 by Turtle Point Press
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Tuck
Jun 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
so many nouns (as blurb says) but and verbs too. and liza minelli is all over this thing. here's an excerpt of "the book of scapegoats"

....
Grandmother pressed her groin
into my thigh. I reciprocated.

She said homosexuality
was a no-no. Otherwise tolerant

she amused herself with Aeschylus
near and orchard's admonishment.


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quite a bit more like that with lookouts with walter benjamin, liza minnelli (lots), circe, wittgenstein, schoberg, faust, kim novak....
Jon Corelis
Jan 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
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I'm afraid this won't do. The basic technique is the surrealistic short catalog, a tradition dating back to Rimbaud down through the Beats, and sometimes veering off into language deliberately subverting meaning itself, in the manner of William Burrough's "cut-ups" (I'm not suggesting there's necessary any conscious influence of the foregoing, but this book's technique seems to me in that same sub-tradition of modernism.) The problem is that the technique here seems to be used almost
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Zack
Dec 13, 2016 added it
I just realized that I read this whole book thinking it was written by another person. A friend recommended a poet with a similar looking name and I got the names confused. But I finished this book. And it was pretty good. What a weird experience. Does anyone read these reviews? How are you?
Kevin
Sep 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is hallucinatory and strange, but worth a look. Koestenbaum does that thing Burroughs experimented with where you take random lines and paste them together to see what comes of it. The results are sometimes nonsense and sometimes surprising.
Jack Tomascak
Jul 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Was the only Koestenbaum book at the library I was at, and something tells me it was the wrong one to start with. Last three poems are great, the rest are just fine.
Natania
Jun 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Koestenbaum's poems in this volume give immense pleasure. They stimulate the intellect and the funny bone. He is a Shakespearean wordsmith with a huge range of allusion and vocabulary, from high to low, serious to frivolous. The poems are aphoristic, sometimes surrealistic, always stimulating.
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In addition to Hotel Theory (Soft Skull, 2007), Wayne Koestenbaum has published five books of nonfiction prose: Andy Warhol, Cleavage, Jackie Under My Skin, The Queens Throat (a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist), and Double Talk. He has also published a novel, Moira Orfei in Aigues-Mortes, and five books of poetry: Best-Selling Jewish Porn Films, Model Homes, The Milk of Inquiry, Rhapso ...more
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