This was the penultimate issue of Clock Radio, which I took from being an experiment of 16 pages in 1984 to something that I could scarcely manage by 1987. Those were the days. As with PoetryCircle, I grew Clock Radio by contacting poets directly and asking them to submit work. In those days, of course, the "contacting" took much longer--by mail.
Instrumental to the growth of Clock Radio and other little magazines of the era, too, was the International Directory of Little Magazines and Small Presses, by Dustbooks, which seems still to be around but I suspect is on life-support. Take the Directory, hard work, and word of mouth, and you had yourself a publication in those days. It helped, of course, to have some well-known contributors, and I was able to attract them with Clock Radio (I guess my letters were good). Charles Bukowski was a mainstay, as were Lyn Lifshin and a few others.
By the time of Clock Radio 6/7, this little magazine had grown well beyond my ability to keep up with it. The submissions were overwhelming. In scanning this issue to give to the PoetryCircle community, the memories came back pretty clearly. It was December, and I and my girlfriend of the time had gone to Florida from snowy Connecticut for a couple of weeks. When we got back, the old Honda Accord was completely covered in snow. I dug it out, and the first thing I did was drive to the post office, for I had had my mail held there. I still remember the look on the Post Office clerk's face when I showed up. He brought out a huge mail sack full of submissions for Clock Radio--maybe it was two mail sacks (I'm not sure). I had never seen so much mail in my life before, and I had never seen a mail handler's mail sack, either (Bukowski would have, of course).
So I schlepped that mail sack back to our graduate school apartment and dumped the letters out onto our kitchen table in the winter sun.
The result was a "double issue" of Clock Radio. And here it is.
Silly stuff. Silly story. But there you have it.
And here are the authors:
R. Evan Pitts
Raymond L. Fausel
Michael T. Calvert
John G. Eisner