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Nin Andrews Comics

Love Comics [by Nin Andrews]

The other day I was talking to a friend about literary influences when I confessed one of my dark secrets: love comics were a major influence on my early poetry. Yep. Love comics. My friend looked at me blankly. "What the hell are love comics?"  I tried to describe them, but I didn't know where to begin. So I began asking other friends if they knew what love comics are. Turned out no one did. How could anyone not know what a love comic is? Did they ever wonder what Lichtenstein's paintings Drowning Girl, Hopeless, and Oh, Jeff . . . I Love You, Too . . . But were based on? 

I grew up pedaling my fat-tired bike on summer days to a corner service station in Maine where I could buy penny candy and old second-hand love comics for a nickel each. On rainy days, my sisters and I read stacks of love comics, giggling over the best ones. Our mother was appalled. "What a dreadful waste of time!" she would say. Here's a quote from one called Swamp Flame:

What was the mystery of Mara King's strange life? Why had her father buried her alive in the depths of the Cypress Swamps, forbidding her even a glimpse of the world beyond the curtain of Spanish Moss? Mara never knew . . . until the day the rich and handsome Bob Westly wandered into the lost bayou and found her! Then, for the first time, she tasted the forbidden wine of Life and Love!!

Seriously! How could you resist?

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman


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