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DM 122

 B i j o u t e r i e 

Supported in part by author William Ruleman



Porte D'entrée


William C. Blome


Adam Henry Carrière


James Kendley


Peter Marra


Dorothy Parker


William Ruleman


John Schertzer


Gertrude Stein


Ruth McEnery Stuart


Mercedes Webb-Pullman


Peter Weltner


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Peter Marra

 The Velvet Journey of Scheherazade 


A folding petal of  

pure white

nestled amongst the damp folds


lightbulbs dimmed as statues stared at

unsung music


a trip through her mind’s paths

chasing the 1000 dreams

at the request of Scheherazade


returning once more and



to claim

her true love:

the sense of touch

the aroma

of affection wrapping around them both


clinging to light streams and the bodies of neon

scintillating in the distance

travelling the hallways


watching, we were barely coherent,

we kissed in a crimson moonlight

our hands pale and shimmering,


her skin cloaked me

and protected us from our sins


a petal in the process of unveiling

the deepest secrets


a hurt

removing the pain


she had to kiss the fleeting doves

that entered through her windows

her eyelids had the patina of gold

opened wide in surprise  


she walked underneath a skin of cool water

facing the other side of the moon

her journey’s purpose was to fiercely grab my heart

(hers was garbed in white light and purple stars)

as we whispered our love to each other




Originally from Gravesend, Brooklyn, NYC, Peter Marra lived in the East Village from 1979 to 1993 at the height of the punk / no wave / art and music rebellion. He has had a lifelong fascination with Surrealism, Dadaism, and Symbolism; some of his favorite writers being Paul Eluard, Arthur Rimbaud, Tristan Tzara, Edgar Allan Poe, and Henry Miller. Peter also cites Roger Corman and Russ Meyer as influences.


His earliest recollection of the writing process is, as a 1st grader, creating a children’s book with illustrations. The only memory he has of this project is a page that contained a crayon drawing of an airplane, caught in a storm. The caption read: “The people are on a plane. It is going to crash. They are very scared.” His parents were always disturbed by that 1st book.


A Dadaist and a Surrealist, Peter’s writings explore alienation, addiction, the function and misuse of love and attraction, the curse of secrets, the pain of victimization and the impact of multi-obsessions. He has had over 200 poems published either in print or online in over 25 journals. Peter was also Danse Macabre's 2018 Artist-in-Residence.


His published works include approximate lovers (downtown materialaktion) from Bone Orchard Press, Peep-O-Rama: Sins of the Go-Go Girls and Random Crucifixions: Obsessions, Dolls & Maniac Cameras from Hammer & Anvil Books, and Vanished Faces (a performance of occult infections) from Writing Knights Press.




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