Poetry. A new collection from Neeli Cherkovski who has spent a lifetime in service to Poetry. More closely than ever the poet explores his life of exhausting hyperactivity. These poems embody the rewards and difficulties of the unfettered energy of a person living with ADD, as in the poem, "Hyper Me...," "I do not wish to sit still folding the menu, / I need to jump up and head south / onto the fast lane / listening to Country & Western / shutting my eyes // sit still! / learn to listen! / finish what you started! / meditate! / pet a weasel! / the engine purrs..." The book's title comes from a line in the poem, "Elegy For Steve Dalachinsky," a good friend who died as this manuscript was being compiled. Forever climbing on Poetry mountain, Cherkovski contemplates the looming abyss and, as the airy summit beckons, he goes on celebrating this existence, every exuberant moment.
Neeli Cherkovski was born in Santa Monica, CA. He attended California State University, Los Angeles and Hebrew Union College. His poetry and prose has been published in many languages and he often reads his writing in Europe and Mexico. Author of over thirty books of poetry, his most recent books include, ELEGY FOR MY BEAT GENERATION (Lithic Press, 2018), COOLIDGE & CHERKOVSKI: IN CONVERSATION (Lithic Press, 2020), HANG ON TO THE YANGTZE RIVER (Lithic Press, 2020), and a Bicentennial edition of Bukowski: A Life. He lives in San Francisco with Jesse Cabrera.Author City: SAN FRANCISCO, CA USA