Earth, Milky Way: punctum books, 2018. 378 pages, illus. ISBN-13: 978-1-947447-63-9. DOI: 10.21983/P3.0204.1.00. OPEN-ACCESS e-book and $25.00 in print: paperbound/5 X 8 in.
“A.W. Strouse’s entrancing epigrams combine tough-minded bawdiness and neoclassical beauty. In his deft hands, acute sociological analysis arrives via subway voyeurism. Take this fearless book on your next ride. Notice how Strouse’s lines and Patty Barth’s lucid drawings sharpen your yearnings and make them newly available for blame-free inspection.” ~ Wayne Koestenbaum
“Literarily incorrect.” ~ John Waters, on why he didn’t want to review this book.
Cruising the New York City subway, the Transfer Queen is on the prowl! These voyeuristic figure drawings—both poetic and visual—sketch the men of Gotham’s transportation system. A.W. Strouse and Patty Barth spy on strangers with a special kind of anonymous intimacy. Transfer Queen is ideal reading material for kinky commuters. But remember: “A crowded subway car is no excuse for unlawful sexual conduct!”
From Transfer Queen:
an 8-stop nap
he immediately fellates
a NUTRAGRAIN bar
he is at one
but falls asleep
and cracks his phone
leans into his iPhone
with head in hands:
she aint texting back
About the Authors
A.W. Strouse is a poet and a professor of medieval literature at CUNY.
Patty Barth grew up in Utah, was schooled in Ohio, and lives in Brooklyn, where he runs a custom fabrication studio.
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