Poetry. African American Studies. MRS. BELLADONNA'S SUPPER CLUB WALTZ contains work that is a rarity in American literature: a trilogy of prose poems. Charles Fort explores the Other through the use of an elaborate persona. 'Darvil, ' he tes, is a 'composite of devil and evil, ' but he gives him a ble lineage: 'direct descendent of Leo Africanus.' In deconstructing the great patchwork quilt that is American culture, Fort undermines any tion of the Other while understanding all too well the reality of it. His poems are jazzy riffs through Fourth of July bombast, Native American lore, Afro-Caribbean rhythms, and the detritus of a post-war materialism. And his comedy is Swiftian; he is most brutally funny when he is angriest. Donald Soucy Charles Fort rises above the regional and the racial to where true freedom resides in the core of the imagination. ET Malone, Jr.Fort's two previous books in the trilogy appeared in 1993 and 2001: Darvil, and Frankenstein Was A Negro. One can hear the webbed footsteps of Darvil on the streets of Paris close behind the broken walking sticks thrown down by Baudelaire, Rimbaud, and Verlaine. The Darvil Nightmares may end.