Faculty Book: Wayne Koestenbaum
(BOA Editions Ltd., 2004; 96 pp.)
By turns urbane, ribald, melancholic, and wry, poet Koestenbaum puts a new spin on the status quo notion of domestic arrangements. The 13 ottava rima cantos in Model Homes present a neo-Freudian tale of the goings-on both in the poet's present home and various events from childhood. It's "part riff, part romp... Koestenbaum's metrical hijinks-what he calls form's 'striptease liberty'-land him firmly in the profound," wrote the poet Frank Bidart. Koestenbaum is a professor of English at The Graduate Center.
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Submitted on: OCT 1, 2004