Al Masarik, a poet well known in the small press magazine scene of the 1960s and 70s, died in the early hours of January 4, 2015. I don’t recall having had any contact with him back then, although it’s possible, but I did read his stuff all the time and considered him one of the best poets around in those days. I’m not sure if I even have any of his chapbooks any more, although I did years ago. Although I didn’t know him, I’m sorry to hear this sad news. Seems everything and everyone goes down that rat hole sooner or later. I couldn’t find any obituaries on Google, so let this serve as a modest one. Rest in peace, Al.
Edited 1/9/2015 to add the following, most likely partial, bibliography of Al Masarik’s books:
Invitation to a Dying (1972) — With an introduction by Charles Bukowski.
Red Mountain, Agatha Christie & Love (1976). I read this one and may still have a copy.
Nonesuch Creek, New and Selected Poems, 1969-1979 (1980).