By Mike Doughty
Soft Skull Press, Paperback, 9781887128711, 150pp.
Publication Date: August 1, 2002
Cult poet and musician Mike Doughty makes his print debut with Slanky, a black-comic stroll through the demimondes of pop culture and modern urban life. Doughty’s poems are at once absurdist and matter-of-fact; the images he conjures are thrown into high relief through cutting wordplay. In a series of prose poems about showbiz, he reimagines Cookie Monster as a burned-out suicide, and cheesy talk-show host Joe Franklin as a cross-dressing witness to the apocalypse. And in For Charlotte, Unlisted,” he wrenchingly tracks the elusive memory of a faded romance.