The Wild Party by Joseph Moncure March, illustrated by Art Spiegelman
This dirty little poem about vaudeville types and their low-life friends boozing it up and falling into bed indiscriminately was banned in Boston after its initial publication in 1928, then faded into semi-obscurity. Art Spiegelman's delightfully saucy and wicked illustrations steal the show, but even on its own, the verse crackles with a glorious depravity:
"The party was getting under way
The way they drank was unholy.
They hovered around the glass-filled tray
Like birds of prey.
With mask-like faces
Frozen in rigid, gay grimaces.
They chattered and laughed
They drank swiftly, as though they might
Drop dead before they were properly tight."
If you like...: the works of Edward Gorey, this book is for you.