Lewis Warsh was one of the most generous people I’ve ever met, and one of my favorite writers, one whom I’ve been fortunate enough to publish since the late ’90s. Whenever I was looking to add poets who I never knew existed before into our Welcome to Boog City lineups, it was Lewis who I would turn to, him cluing me in to students of his, one more wonderful than the next. And when he served as one of my guest editors on an edition of The Portable Boog Reader a few years back it felt like Willie Mays agreeing to play on my stickball team.
The word swashbuckling has kept entering my head when looking at all these pix of Lewis through the years that have been crossing my screen these past few months, like some sort of soft-spoken sheriff in a western who always rises to the occasion, or a character Gene Kelly might’ve portrayed in a mid-20th century movie musical, an unassuming star.
Here’s a link to the last piece of Lewis’ Boog published, a tender remembrance of meeting and falling in love with Anne Waldman
Thanks to Dennis Moritz for gathering a good chunk of the Lewis Warsh remembrances; Kyle Schlesinger for his and Jed Birmingham’s piece, connecting us with Archie Rand and designing his and Lewis’ new e-book, Single Occupancy, as well as sharing the Mimeo Mimeo Lewis Warsh issue digitally for the first time ever; and to Lewis’ widow Katt Lissard and his children, Marie, Sophia, and Max, for selecting images of and poems by Lewis for the issue.
With this, the April issue, Boog City will be going monthly, and we’ll also be updating the website with new work and great content from our archives.
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Issue 140, April 2021
David A. Kirschenbaum
printed matter editor
Ian S. Wilder
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