lesbian pulp and the lavender universe: March 2014

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Meet the Women of Lesbian Pulp Fiction at LavenderPulp in NYCs Rainbow Book Fair


Meet "Olivia", young and impressionable, who adores her headmistress at school and waits at night for her to visit.

She drew me towards her, pulled back my sari, and whispered close, close to my ear, her lips almost touching me, her breath hot on my cheek:  "I'll come tonight ..."

Get to know big boned yet graceful Mitch who reminds popular campus queen Leda, You said- you said you couldn't love a Lesbian. However, conflicted Leda soon begins to feel a Spring Fire”. This has the makings of a Lesbian pulpfiction book!
Mitch and Leda

Val & Toni 

See how sparks fly after nights of passion and clandestine meetings between strong willed stewardess Val and dark-eyed Toni.

Watch Val get afraid of intimacy (oh no, not that again!) and gets the idea to fly the coop before the “Edge of Twilight”.

Witness innocent, blonde-aired Elaine married to Peter find true passion with Nicole, the tawny-skinned artist’s model. Lesbian author Artemis Smith who coined the expression “come out of the closet” knows them all too well. If you want to know more about their story there will be a rare signed first edition of "This Bed We Made" at the LavenderPulp table at the Rainbow Book Fair March 29, 2014 in NYC.

Elaine and Nicole
Get acquainted with statuesque Lila who pursues both men and women according to her whims but becomes fixated on her cousin Ivy. Is Ivy crazy or is it really possible Lila is trying to kill her? Lila dares you to “Take Me Home”.

Lila and Ivy

Meet submissive Catherine, 
her husband and 
his mistress Odile. 
Find out about 
their menage a trios 
and sexual exploits 
within The Sign of Eros.

The LGBT Rainbow Bookfair makes for an enjoyable lesbian event on March 29th in New York City. Meet women in person and on the delicate smooth leaves of Lesbian Pulp Fiction books which will be at Lavender Pulp’s booth. Please visit us.

LavenderPulp.com, authentic vintage lesbian and queer pulp fiction novels from the 1950s.

Vintage Lesbian Pulp Fiction books from LavenderPulp at the Rainbow Book Fair

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

1914 Russian lesbian poet... a way with words and a way with women

Poet Sophia Parnok

"How often her mysterious gaze 
has hovered over 
my soul 
with powerful inquisitiveness"

Sophia Parnok was a Russian lesbian poet born in 1885. She was the only openly lesbian voice in Russian poetry during her time; and many feel her unique contribution to modern Russian lyricism has been overlooked.

At 29 years old, she fell in love with 20 year old poet Marina Tsvetaeva during which time Parnok published her first book of verse, "Poems."

Marina Tsvetaeva
In 1917, Parnok then became lovers with actress Erarskaya Lyudmila, and the two moved from Moscow to the Crimean town of Sudak. Below is Sophia Parnok and Erarskaya Lyudmila on the Veranda of the Gertsyks House in Sudak, Crimea, September 1918.

Parnok (sitting) and Erarskaya (standing)
During her lifetime, Sophia Parnok published five volumes of poetry and the libretto to the opera Almast. By 1928, the Soviets had decided her poetry was unlawful, and she was unable to publish after that. Five years earlier, Parnok at age 38 met her long term partner Olga Tsuberbiller and the two of them lived together nearly a decade until Parnok’s death.

Only in dreams, with a broken off moan,
so as not to die in her sleep,
on such a mellifluous wave,
above this sky-blue drowning,
her whole chest heaving freely
with breath, my soul is bobbing.
--From Dreams, May 1924

Sophia Parnok (l) and Olga Tsuberbiller (r) 
Although Parnok remained living with Olga, the last two years of her life (1931-1933) Parnok fell deeply in love with physicist Nina Vedeneyeva. Below is a verse of a poem written when Parnok and last love Nina Vedeneyeva met.

Where’s the cottage with jasmine and the welcoming night,
and curlicue arches of hop-plants above us,
and thirst which could no longer be satisfied,
and sky, and a sky more impassioned than Petrarch’s.
At the end of my last or next-to-last spring –
together the two of us dreamed crazy dreams,
I burn up my night in a savage, a beautiful fire.
--Dec 1931 

A memorial plaque dedicated to the Parnok family was placed on the wall of their birth house in Taganrog in 2012.

Birth house of Sophia Parnok

Don't forget The Rainbow BookFair on March 29, 2014!