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“Thunder Road” — by Nick Hornby & Bruce Springsteen

07 Aug 2011 / 0 Comments / in Publications, Thunder Road

It really doesn’t seem that long ago when my friend Mark approached me to help him out on a project involving Nick Hornby and Bruce Springsteen. Mr. Hornby had written a terrific essay on Mr. Springsteen’s seminal rock song “Thunder Road”. Mark had already approached both men and secured approvals to publish the proposed book […]

The Girl in a Motorcyle Helmet

So I’m scouring the flea markets and second-hand shops and thrift stores and all that usual nonsense on a not-so-recent trip to San Francisco, and I was having terrible luck. I’ve never really had any luck in SF, though, so I wasn’t surprised. I made one last stop over at The Magazine on Larkin Street. […]


Volta is my homage to Wallace Berman. It’s also an assemblage and a little magazine that’s published whenever I can make it happen. I named it after James Joyce’s one and only (failed) business venture — The Volta Theater at 45 Mary Street in Dublin. The Volta Theater was opened in 1909 and was Ireland’s […]

Charles Bukowski — 4 Poets

the synaesthesia press published an essay on the state of American Poetry according to Mr. Charles Bukowski. It appeared in synaesthesia press chap book #2, 4 Poets. The chap book is long out of print. Bukowski wrote the essay in 1964. It was discovered in an old notebook that’s in the special collections department at […]

Billy Childish — The Strangest One of All

06 Nov 2007 / 0 Comments / in Billy Childish, Publications

Johnny Brewton introduced me to Billy Childish. Billy Childish is a musician/poet/artist. And, instead of writing something up here on my own, I took this straight from his website; check it out, as you can buy great stuff directly from Billy: “A cult figure in America, Europe and Japan, Billy Childish is by far the […]

Richard Brautigan — Four Poems

I was talking to my friend Mark at his bookstore in the Haight, St. Adrian. This was a long time ago. We talked about books. We talked about Kerouac or Bukowski or maybe the great things coming from X-Ray Press. I don’t recall. Then, we talked about Richard Brautigan. I do recall this, because as […]

Neeli Cherkovski — Johnny Marries Giselle

When Johnny Brewton married Giselle Orsolio, I approached Neeli Cherkovski to write a poem for the occasion. I had met Neeli few times earlier at his home in San Francisco, and he was always a gentleman. This made it easy to approach him about the project, and when I called him on the phone, I […]

a. di michele — The Mollifier

06 Nov 2007 / 0 Comments / in a. di michele, Publications

A. di Michele’s chap book The Mollifier was published November, 1996. When people ask me to describe it, I like to say, “Joycean HyperText”, cause that’s how a. di michele describes it, and who better to describe his own work but the author? When I say “Joycean HyperText”, they usually follow up with an unsure […]

Lawrence Ferlinghetti — Four Poets

I went to a reading Mr. Ferlinghetti gave at the Caravan of Dreams, in Fort Worth Texas; this was in 1992, I think. Ferlinghetti read for an hour or so, and afterward, he signed books and answered questions. While I was getting a book signed, I asked if I could have a poem to print, […]

Steve Fisher — Rock Salt & Glissandos

synaesthesia press paperback original #1 is Steve Fisher’s Rock Salt & Glissandos: Stories and Poems. For lack of a better term, it’s our first “real” book. Steve Fisher is one of the co-founders of the press. He was there from the start. In fact, he named the press. In addition to being a piano tuner, […]