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 couplet
s, 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
edition was released in 1999.