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)