National Nudist Club Newsletter

Wayne Koestenbaum

Into the unisex nursery's toilet my undershirt falls.
I fish it out and find my face on a marquee.
Florida: in sneakers, I construct
Delft shelves to store scrawled diagnoses.
I enter an observation tank
(rightly considered tragic, irreversible)
to greet the hatchetfaced magician whose dead mother
says welcome back, implying I've been fired.
Through Skinner Box glass
he watches me play with dildos, blades. Entranced
by unending orgasm, I dismiss his tendency
to find amelioration in experience's fluctuating shallows.
Copyright © 2010 by Wayne Koestenbaum. Used by permission of the author.

Poems by This Author

From Trance Notebook #2 [nerdy questions about exact pitch] by Wayne Koestenbaum
sell me a clip-on
Possessiveness by Wayne Koestenbaum
the atonality of folded underwear
To a Maple by Wayne Koestenbaum
Green leaves outside my window

Further Reading

Poems About Passion and Sex
by E. E. Cummings
Canterbury Tales, Wife of Bath's Prologue [Excerpt]
by Geoffrey Chaucer
A Greek Island
by Edward Hirsch
A Sequence
by Leslie Scalapino
Almost There
by Timothy Liu
by Arthur Rimbaud
Arts & Sciences
by Philip Appleman
At the Touch of You
by Witter Bynner
Aubade: Some Peaches, After Storm
by Carl Phillips
Because I cannot remember my first kiss
by Roger Bonair-Agard
by May Swenson
by Aaron Smith
by Amy Lowell
corydon & alexis, redux
by D. A. Powell
Elegy 5
by Ovid
Erotic Energy
by Chase Twichell
First Turn to Me...
by Bernadette Mayer
Fish Fucking
by Michael Blumenthal
by Christopher Stackhouse
In Praise of Shame
by Lord Alfred Douglas
by Denise Duhamel
by Rupert Brooke
Me in Paradise
by Brenda Shaughnessy
My Bright Aluminum Tumblers
by Michael Ryan
No Platonic Love
by William Cartwright
by Arthur Rimbaud
Poems of Passion and Sex
by Khadijah Queen
Privilege of Being
by Robert Hass
Safe Sex
by Donald Hall
by Michael Ryan
by James Joyce
by Michael Blumenthal
The Ecstasy
by Phillip Lopate
The Elephant is Slow to Mate
by D.H. Lawrence
The Hug
by Thom Gunn
To His Mistress Going to Bed
by John Donne
Undressing You
by Witter Bynner
Wild Rose
by Bryher
by CÚsar Vallejo
Year of the Tiger
by Miguel Murphy