The Wild Party, a poem first published in 1928, was republished in 1995 with gorgeous black and white woodcut-style illustrations by Art Spiegelman, who had "rediscovered" this lost classic of the jazz age. The images are an almost perfect match for the strange syncopated rhythms of the couplets, and the hard-boiled story of debauchery.

It's astonishing writing. Even if you don't like it, it slinks back into your mind, to the point where you remember the lines as soon as your walk hits the right pattern and pace.

A paperback edition was released in 1999.