“What does ‘The Wild Party,’ an obscure but chillingly prescient book-length poem from the twilight of the Jazz Age, tell us about our own era?” asks an extensive feature in The New York Times Style Magazine. March published the poem in 1928, after studying under Robert Frost at Amherst.
The article, written by Mark Harris and illustrated with contemporary fashion photos by Shikeith with styling by Alex Harrington, contextualizes and quotes March’s poem, which in turn tells a story “about the end of an era — the end of a long, louche, bacchanalian night of bodies twining together in lust and in violence; and the end of a life.” The poem (also available on the webpage as an audio recording) is credited with being prescient about the 1929 stock market crash, the 1990s AIDS crisis and the current desire of many to break free from COVID pandemic isolation, “to lose ourselves in a throng of sympathetic strangers.”
Harris also describes March’s appearance and personality, his writing style, his life in New York City, and his career as a writer and filmmaker. March lived until 1977.