RIP – F. A. Nettelbeck, American Poet, 1950 – 2011

I just learned yesterday that poet F. A. Nettelbeck died January 20, 2011.  I’d been aware of him since the early 1970s when I bought a couple issues of his mimeo magazine, THROB, for the Bukowski contents.  No doubt I read a few of Nettelbeck’s poems over the decades, but I didn’t really pay attention to his work until about a year ago, when I read some excerpts from his most famous book, BUG DEATH, and was impressed.  I contacted him, hoping to buy copies of his publications, and we exchanged letters and chapbooks over the past year.  I last heard from him when he inscribed a copy of his latest book to me on January 4th.  I wrote back — too late — in early February, telling him that it was another strong collection.   Here’s a link to an excellent article in the Santa Cruz News by Stephen Kessler that describes better than I could why Nettelbeck’s work matters.

(Link fixed 4/2/2011)

About David Barker

David Barker is co-author of three books of Lovecraftian horror fiction written in collaboration with W. H. Pugmire: The Revenant of Rebecca Pascal, In the Gulfs of Dream & Other Lovecraftian Tales, and Witches in Dreamland. In 2021, Weird House Press will publish his short story collection Her Wan Embrace.
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