From Trance Notebook #2 [nerdy questions about exact pitch]
sell me a clip-on bow-tie or a mock fringe chapeau worn on the collarbone—a new style of “shoulder hat,” a cape to protect your shoulders from rain and chill and to prevent the wearer from sliding (like Mickey Mantle) into a third gender __________ now I’ve reached the “clinker” zone of perforated opportunities __________ —perforated appurtenances ____________ but then Edith Piaf suddenly thrilled me __________ a newly discovered Venezuela, a view— ____________ a rendre compte, a liar on the corner (thirsty corner) of 23rd and 9th, a gazelle, a rendezvous chapel __________ (a chaplet of daisies around my pleurisy brow)—
About this Poem
“I’ve kept a diary, writing in it virtually every day, since 1976; beginning on November 30, 2012, I started keeping instead a series of ‘Trance Notebooks,’ as a way to transform my journal into a higher pitch of ceremony, an occasion for intensified, unmoored consciousness. Now I’m distilling the results into a sequence of assemblages; here’s a piece from the second of these unfettered concoctions.”
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: 2014-04-03
Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/trance-notebook-2-nerdy-questions-about-exact-pitch