MY ULTRA BY ALEXANDER J MOTYL 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 28

I first met Ultra Violet in early 2007 at a reading I was giving of Who Killed Andrei Warhol at the Ukrainian Institute of America on Fifth Avenue and Seventy- ninth Street. The organizer of the reading lived in her building and invited her. She was dressed in a bright violet sweater and head wrap. I extended my hand; she placed her hands together and bowed. We exchanged a few uncertain words. I gave her a signed copy of Whiskey Priest; she gave me a signed copy of her memoir, Famous for Fifteen Minutes. We exchanged cards and phone numbers. She said she had a studio in Chelsea and that I should visit. I said I would. I never did.

I didn’t hear from Ultra for over a year. Then, in May 2008, in the course of a single day I received several telephone calls and emails from her. I called back. She invited me to lunch at her place. Why she didn’t say. I said yes, of course.

Time out for poetry an’ shit.

BACK TO THE GARDEN BY WILLIAM VERDIGRIS 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 28


34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 28

MY ULTRA BY ALEXANDER J MOTYL, I WOKE UP THIS MORNING THINKING ABOUT AFGHANISTAN BY TESSA POPPE, 365 SELFIES BY KATHRYN BUCKLEY, BACK TO THE GARDEN BY WILLIAM VERDIGRIS, VISITORS BY JOSH ALLETTO, BLOOD BLISTER BROTHER BY KASEY GOLDSTRAW, FEARLESS BY KATIE IRISH, DROPSEAT BY JANE ST CLAIR, A SACRIFICE TO THE GOD OF THE BLUES BY JONATHAN LAPOMA.