“Motes build tract housing in the grooves of vinyl.
An eerie calm prevails. Not tomblike—shrinal.”
That rhyming website gives 225 matches for vinyl but the closest it comes to shrinal is pathetic – shrine of. I’m guessing it’s Boris’ coinage, though the OED backs him up, barely. After the self-evident definition -- “containing or forming a shrine” – comes a single citation from Notes & Queries in 1884: “The four daughters . . . of whom one has left her name, St. Sidwell, in a shrinal church on the blood-stained spot.” Not a happy association but one worth pursuing, especially as I have never heard of St. Sidwell. The Oxford Book of Saints tells us Sidwell was a virgin saint, “possibly of British origin, [who] has been culted at Exeter from early times; by 1000, pilgrims visited her shrine.” Here comes the grim part, keeping with Boris’ horror-movie ambiance:
“The late medieval catalogue of English saints [Catalogus Sanctorum Pausantium in Anglia] describes her as follows: ‘Born at Exeter, she was killed by her stepmother inciting the reapers to behead her. She was buried outside the city, where by her merits God heals the sick.’”
Boris includes an epigraph with his poem: “Hollywood Movie Posters is the oldest memorabilia store in the world located in the same location with the same proprietor.” Go here to see the site where Boris found it and watch the video interview with the shop’s owner, Ron Borst, who tells us he once paid $1,000 for an original poster from the 1931 horror movie Frankenstein. In 2015, it went at auction for $358,500. The movie starred the other Boris – Karloff.