I met Gennady after his reading (one of the best I'd ever seen) at the San Francisco International Poetry Festival in 2003 (Unitarian Center). After the reading, a group of poets, including Gennady and his translator Peter France, headed over to Edinburgh Castle in the Tenderloin for drinks (I lived across the street at the time). I asked Gennady to sign my copy of Child-And-Rose, he signed it in Russian
to John with fraternal embrace!
I said to Gennady, with Peter France translating for me
"I wish I could speak Russian and that you spoke English"
Gennady replied, again with Peter translating
"Don't worry, we speak through the air"
this was a magical moment for me, I wrote it all down immediately on a napkin from the bar
you'd think Spike Jonze (born 1969) and Steve McQueen (born 1969) would have the couth and moral decency to use their middle names so as not to be confused with, or ride the coattails of Hollywood legends Spike Jonze (born 1911) and Steve McQueen (born 1930)
"now, 1/3" and thepoem (BlazeVOX Books) Chinese Notebook (Ugly Duckling Presse)
Maribor (The Post-Apollo Press)
Rude Girl (BlazeVOX Books)
Rave On! (Lew Gallery)
Gary Gygax (Cy Gist Press)
Rude Girl (Duration Press)
The Moveable Ones (Transmission Press)
Benthos (Silas Press). Lives in Oakland. Works for Small Press Distribution.