Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Killer in Drag

Pulp fiction paperbacks—ratty thumb-worn
known mostly to kitschy—collectors & bricoleurs
interested in twentieth-century debris—strolling
the lonely beaches—the dark grimy docks
cruising crummy jetsam—amidst the garbage
Old used rubbers—floating desultorily deflated
Down by the East River—the ebb flow turgid
undertow—of American flotsam culture

Depressing crummy paperbacks—pulp fiction
Trash like Ed Wood’s—Black Lace Drag (1963)
Between 1967-1968—publishing 22 known titles
Nine issued between—September & October 1968
Some like Orgy of the Dead (1965)—published
later as paperbacks—after dreary Bijou matinees
ending up tired & worn—in drugstore bookracks…

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