This issue is dedicated to my mother,
Doris Rothenberg, 1925-2001

Michael Rothenberg, Editor

Photograph by Ira Cohen


"Rothenberg's PUNK ROCKWELL follows and breaks all the rules of fiction simultaneously. A slow-motion, spiraling bullet aimed right between the eyes...original with a capital O."

-Michael Largo, author Southern Comfort


"Michael Rothenberg has one of those genius takes on language. . .
wit and wordlove, enough to move mountains, chip by chip."

-Jack Collom, author 8-Ball

"Michael Rothenberg amazes me with his industry, talent, energy, focus, curiosity. "

-David Meltzer author The Agency Trilogy

"It is a fantastic book. I really enjoyed it. It made me laugh and shudder. Just what a good raunchy book is supposed to do."

-Lyn Hejinian, Author

Michael Rothenberg is a poet, songwriter, and editor and co-founder of Big Bridge Press and Big Bridge, a webzine of poetry and everything else. He is also co-editor and co-founder of JACK Magazine, a literary publication that relates to, but expands beyond, the beat generation.

His poems have appeared in many journals including 2river View, Beehive, Berkeley Poetry Review, Bolinas Heresay News, Blue Book, Cafe Review, The Cortland Review, The Duct Tape Press, Exquisite Corpse, Ironwood, Jacket, Isibongo, Lungfull!, Limestone Magazine, Light and Dust@Grist Mobile Anthology of Poetry, Lynx: Poetry From Bath, Melic Review, Moveo Angelus, Mudlark, Mungo vs Ranger, Octavo, Pearl, The Poetry Kit, Prosodia, Pyrowords, Riding The Meridian, Rolling Stock, Southern Ocean Review, Sycamore Review, Ygdrasil, Zuzu's Petals Quarterly Online and Zyzzyva.

He has published several poetry books: What The Fish Saw (Twowindows Press, CA, 1984), Nightmare Of The Violins (Twowindows Press, CA, 1986), Man/Woman (Big Bridge Press, CA, 1988), Favorite Songs (Big Bridge Press, CA, 1990), and Lindsay's Book (Big Bridge Press, CA, 1999). His first book of poems, What The Fish Saw, was awarded The Rounce and Coffin Award. His broadside Elegy for The Dusky Seaside Sparrow was selected Broadside of the Year by Fine Print Magazine. His poem Angels was produced as broadside in limited edition by Hatch Show Prints as part of the museum resources of The Country Music Foundation.

His poetry books and broadsides are archived at the University of Francisco, and are held in the Special Collection libraries of Brown University, Claremont Colleges, University of Kansas, the New York Public Library, UC-Berkeley, UC-Davis, and UC-Santa Cruz.

His songs have appeared in Hollywood Pictures' Shadowhunter and Black Day, Blue Night, and most recently, TriStar Pictures' Outer Ozona. Other songs have been recorded on CDs including: The Darkest Part of The Night by Bob Malone, Difficult Woman by Renee Geyer, Global Blues Deficit by Cody Palance, The Woodys by The Woodys, and a soon to be released CD by Johnny Lee Schell. He is editor of Overtime: Selected Poems by Philip Whalen (Viking Penguin, 1999), and most recently As Ever: Selected Poems by Joanne Kyger (Penguin Books), due out Summer 2002.

His novel Punk Rockwell was published recently by Tropical Press, and his The Paris Journals was published by Fish Drum, Inc. in 2000.

For correspondence contact: walterblue AT bigbridge DOT org