the atonality of folded underwear the Tel Aviv of Chinese water torture the martians of My Three Sons the parsimony of Tel Quel the archivist of beatitudes the Helsinki of Frankenstein the Winchester Mystery House of devil-may-care the worldwide franchise of Croatian mystery plays the Bettie Page of situationism the New Criticism of Ethel Waters the marble pound cake of tauromachy the Christopher Strong of Sesame Street the Michèle Morgan of abstinence the 19 Berggasse of Calvin Klein the stifling corridor of condom leakage the Boris Karloff of Maiden Lane the CalArts of maple syrup the Lord's Prayer of Rumpelstilskin the Gretchen's Spinning Song of fatuous praise the Eli Wallach of pragmatism the meal ticket of the Williamsburg Messiah the Mrs. Robinson of Abstract Expressionism the mead-soaked sheets of Melanctha the Abbott and Costello of ostinato the abracadabra of panty-hose the Guys and Dolls of pineapple upside-down cake the Hungry I of Shangri-La the Bog Man of Capitol Hill the Beresford of bilge
Copyright © 2010 by Wayne Koestenbaum. Used by permission of the author.
Born in 1958, Wayne Koestenbaum is a poet, novelist, and cultural critic. Among his poetry collections is The Pink Trance Notebooks (Nightboat, 2015).
Date Published: 2010-01-01
Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/possessiveness