Prom Night is a slick date: a poetry/ collage collaboration by Jerome Sala and Tamara Gonzales. With echoes of Poe and H. P. Lovecraft, the camp and sultry verses are paired with eye-dazzling images of equally camp and sultry sirens in full color. Sala, like one of Gonzales’s blackbirds, is listening to the “ruler of an underworld” in “Lost Planet.” Pluto’s demotion and its attendant emotion is dissected in Sala’s tight style.
The Goth undertones are reflected in Gonzales’s punk-glam shades of Frida Kahlo and Kiki Smith. A stiletto combo in a pop package: “a psychic feedback loop that celebrates our universal damnation.”
Excerpted from RAPID TRANSIT: A Final Kiss To 2010--Jeffery Cyphers Wright.