Your New Feeling Is the Artifact of a Bygone Era

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Pub Date: 01/14/2020

Pages: 96

Publisher: Sarabande Books

Imprint: Sarabande Books

ISBN 13: 9781946448484

ISBN 10: 1946448486

Price: / $20.99 CAN$15.95

Category: POETRY / LGBT

Your New Feeling Is the Artifact of a Bygone Era

By Chad Bennett

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About the Book

Shirley Temple tap dancing at the Kiwanis Club, Stevie Nicks glaring at Lindsey Buckingham during a live version of “Silver Springs,” Frank Ocean lyrics staking new territory on the page: this is a taste of the cultural landscape sampled in Your New Feeling is the Artifact of a Bygone Era. Chad Bennett casually combines icons of the way we live now—GIFs, smartphones, YouTube—with a classical lover’s lament. The result is certainly a deeply personal account of loss, but more critically, a dismantling of an American history of queerness. “This is our sorrow. Once it seemed theirs, but now it’s ours. They still inhabit it, yet we say it’s ours.” All at once cerebral, physical, personal, and communal, Your New Feeling Is the Artifact of a Bygone Era constructs a future worth celebrating.

About the Book

These off-kilter love poems deconstruct the historical, pop-culture imbibed tropes of American queerness. Cerebral, stunning. 


Chad Bennett’s poems have appeared in Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Fence, Gulf Coast, jubilat, The Offing, Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, The Volta, and elsewhere. He is the author of Word of Mouth: Gossip and American Poetry, a study of twentieth century poetry and the queer art of gossip. He lives in Austin, Texas, where he is an associate professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin.