Female Masculinity

By Wayne Koestenbaum b. 1958 Wayne Koestenbaum
Two guys sucking each other in the steam room
didn’t want anything
to do with me, evidently—
I left them to their comedy.
Legato longings:
wish for walnuts, wish for water,
wish to exorcise this morning’s debauch—
two Fauré nocturnes.
In slow motion
Steve tussled with a motorcycle
trying to run me over
on the boulevard of moon smut
splicing together bridges
and lagoons, like the bride
of Frankenstein rushing
to overtake the inert
Real, a mass
of facts, some conjugal,
some comic—
contrapuntal tenebrae!

Wayne Koestenbaum, "Female Masculinity" from Best-selling Jewish Porn Films. Copyright © 2006 by Wayne Koestenbaum.  Reprinted by permission of Turtle Point Press.

Source: Best-selling Jewish Porn Films (Turtle Point Press, 2006)

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Poet Wayne Koestenbaum b. 1958

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Subjects Relationships, Social Commentaries, Gender & Sexuality, Love, Desire, Realistic & Complicated

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Poet and cultural critic Wayne Koestenbaum earned a BA at Harvard University, an MA at the Johns Hopkins University, and a PhD at Princeton University. Koestenbaum’s work often explores the male body and the emotional, sexual, and social weight of its exposure. In an interview for The Chronicle of Higher Education, Koestenbaum described his writing process as a kind of bodily endeavor: “I extrude my vulnerable inner lining. I . . .

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SUBJECT Relationships, Social Commentaries, Gender & Sexuality, Love, Desire, Realistic & Complicated

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

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