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The Pornographer's Poem: A Novel

The Pornographer's Poem: A Novel

by Michael Turner

ISBN: 9781932360233

Publisher CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Published in Literature & Fiction/Literary, Literature & Fiction/Contemporary

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Sixteen years old. My first porno. Pornos, really. There were three: The Blue Balloon, something starring Clint Westwood, and another one whose name I can never remember. Cut together. And continuous. From noon to midnight. Seven days a week.

So: first porno was pornos. About fifteen minutes' worth. The cops threw  me out before I knew what I was watching. But which one out of three? Does it matter? You'd think it wouldn't. But it does, in a way. I think.

This is what I know I saw:




EXT. THE VENUS THEATRE. NIGHT

A brick building. Her busted marquee. Purple curtains in the windows. Posters, too. A Hindu woman (40) stares from the booth. I approach, camera-right.

WOMAN

Five dollars.




I give her the five, she tears off a ticket.




A small lobby dressed in pink  drapes. A popcorn machine with a CLOSED sign taped to the counter. An older Hindu man (70) sits at a card table. In front of him, a shoebox. For the stubs.




He reaches out. I give him my ticket. He rips it in half, then points to a slit in the drapery. MAN

There.




Static pops. Low groans. Some "oh" sounds. And some high-sucking "ahs." Snippets of dialogue. But they are so muffled, so scratched, the voices seem sexless, indistinguishable.

INDISTINGUISHABLE VOICE #1

Can you feel it?




INDISTINGUISHABLE VOICE #2

Yes.




I step into the light. The silver light. Hundreds of seats. The backs of ten heads. Silhouetted. I adjust, though I'm slow to focus. I think: Silver makes the darkest shadows. I still can't see. But I end up front-and-centre. A mystery to me. To this day.



(Continues...)
Excerpted from "The Pornographer's Poem: A Novel" by Michael Turner. Copyright © 2004 by Michael Turner. Excerpted by permission. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher. Excerpts are provided solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.
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