I expected The Queen’s Throat to be typical non-fiction. I didn’t know the author, Wayne Koestenbaum, is also a poet.
I struggled long as a writer because I couldn’t find myself in the canon. When I discovered the internet and blogging, I fell hard because it was exactly how my brain worked. I write like this.
Wayne Koestenbaum writes like this, too. Just now, I went looking to see if he has a blog. I found this: ‘Oh! kangaroos, sequins, chocolate sodas!’: Frank O’Hara’s Excitement
The Queen’s Throat is written exactly like this. This kind of writing is why I love Whitman. It’s why I love Paterson. It’s why I love reading artists’s journals. It’s why I’m back to blogging, 17 years after I started.