F. A. Nettelbeck

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F. A. Nettelbeck
F. A. Nettelbeck in 2008
F. A. Nettelbeck in 2008
BornFred Arthur Nettelbeck
(1950-11-09)November 9, 1950
Cicero, Illinois
DiedJanuary 20, 2011(2011-01-20) (aged 60)
Bend, Oregon

Frederick Arthur Nettelbeck (November 9, 1950 – January 20, 2011)[1] was an American poet. In the early 1970s he began work on a long poem that was published in 1979: Bug Death. Bug Death was created using cut-up and collage texts combined with original writing. His literary magazine, This Is Important (1980–1997), published such writers as William S. Burroughs, Wanda Coleman, John M. Bennett, Jack Micheline, Allen Ginsberg, Robin Holcomb, Charles Bernstein, John Giorno, Greg Hall, etc. His other publication of note was a Small press mimeo magazine: Throb (1971), publishing Al Masarik, Susan Fromberg Schaeffer, Gerald Locklin, Joel Deutsch, and 'Charles Bukowski answers 10 easy questions'. Nettelbeck's work, publications, and papers are collected in the Ohio State University Avant Writing Collection and the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry. His autobiography is published in Contemporary Authors, Volume 184 (Gale Research). He lived in southern Oregon's Sprague River Valley.


  • The Quick & The Dead (Freark Brownelbeck Press 1970)
  • No Place Fast (Rough Life Press 1976)
  • Destroy All Monsters (Konglomerati 1976) (ISBN 0-916906-26-4)
  • Curios (Quark Press 1976)
  • Spectator (Drivel Press 1977)
  • The Used Future (Alley Island Press 1978)
  • Bug Death (Alcatraz Editions 1979)
  • Bar Napkin Poems (Clown War 1982)
  • Large Talk (road/house 1983)
  • Americruiser (Illuminati 1983) (OCLC 10833162)
  • The Kiss Off (Inkblot 1984)
  • Hands On A Mirror (Inkblot 1987) (ISBN 0-934301-09-3)
  • Albert Ayler Disappeared (Inkblot 1989) (ISBN 0-934301-29-8)
  • Ecosystems Collapsing (Inkblot 1992) (OCLC 28647835)
  • Everything Written Exists (Lucky Boy Publications 2004)
  • Lap Gun Cut (with John M. Bennett) (Luna Bisonte Prods 2006) (ISBN 1892280507)
  • Don't Say A Word (Blue Press 2008)
  • Taste the (with HEXIT/MjK) (If Year Books 2009)
  • Someone Who Loved You (48th Street Press 2010)
  • Drinking & Thinking (Blue Press 2010)
  • Pesticide Drift (Argotist Ebooks 2010)
  • Happy Hour (Four Minutes to Midnight 2010) (ISBN 978-0-9867007-0-5)


"Nettelbeck's world (and his picture may be chillingly accurate) is pierced with holes through which we are continually in danger of dropping, or being sucked." - Robert Peters

Further reading[edit]

  • Bug Death: Punk Epic by Kate Braverman, Bachy 17 (A Journal of the Arts in Los Angeles), Papa Bach Editions, 1980 ISSN 0091-1488
  • F. A. Nettelbeck: Emergence Of An Important Poetic Force an essay by Wanda Coleman, Bachy 17 (A Journal of the Arts in Los Angeles), Papa Bach Editions, 1980 ISSN 0091-1488
  • F. A. Nettelbeck's Bug Death by Paul Mann, Atticus Review 4, Atticus Press, 1983
  • The Year's Best In Poetry by Tom Clark, San Francisco Chronicle, Book Review Section, December 2, 1984
  • Fetal Films: Two Books by F. A. Nettelbeck by Loris Essary, Menu, The Lunchroom Press, 1985 ISBN 0-938136-06-2
  • Of Politics: This Is Important edited by F. A. Nettelbeck by Jay Dougherty, Small Press Review, Dustbooks, September 1988 ISSN 0037-7228
  • The Micropress: An Underground Economy Of Poetry by Joel Lewis, Poets & Writers Magazine, Poets & Writers, Inc., January/February 1992 ISSN 0891-6136
  • F. A. Nettelbeck: Neglected Poems by Gustave Morin, Scan, Common Ground Editions, 1999
  • Starving Poet Hungers For New Forms Of Poetry by Lee Juillerat, Herald and News, Klamath Falls, Oregon, December 12, 2000
  • Charles Bukowski: Sunlight Here I Am - Interviews and Encounters, 1963-1993 edited by David Stephen Calonne, Sun Dog Press, 2003 ISBN 0-941543-37-4

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