Posted by: Chris Kretz | June 18, 2009

More on the Westrex Watchclock Station

We received a pair of comments on our post about the College’s literary magazine, Westrex Watchclock Station, and we thought we’d share the updates.

Poet Ronald Hobbs had two pieces in the magazine and when asked how his connection to the school came about, he wrote:

I don’t know how I got to Dowling, exactly.  There was a telephone call, from whom I don’t remember, inviting me to speak at an anti-war rally on campus.

I was then part of a group of Manhattan poets– second-stringers so to speak, also-rans a dusty distance behind the Saint Marks crowd.

Barbara A. Holland surely had something to do with the connection.  When she and I read together there was, in fact, chemistry and drama.  We took the train and Aaron met us, took us to his house where we met Kitty– he fed us, wined us.  I think that we were paid a whopping hundred bucks each for the reading.

Aaron was Dr. Aaron Kramer, professor of English at Dowling. You can read a 2004 interview with Ronald here and learn more about Barbara A. Holland (“the sibyll in Greenwich Village”) here. You can also catch up to Ronald’s present  work in the most recent issue of New York Tyrant.

Bruce Stasiuk (’66)  also came across his name in the table of contents where he had a number of poems listed. He let us know that his works were not always well received by the administration (including  “A Modest Proposal”, a contribution to the 1968 Westrex that included the line “get leroi jones and break his bones”). Bruce  is still out there writing.

Bruce and Kevin McGrath (’70) helped us unravel the origins of the name of the magazine. Westrex Watchclock Station referred to the wall stations around the mansion where the security guards had to key in as they made their rounds.

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Responses

  1. I am responsible for naming the Westrex Watchclock Station. It represented a parallel existence, unnoticed by most students and faculty as they hurried through the hallways. Back then there were many stations throughout the old Mansion. I was co-editor of the literary journal with Mary McCallum.

    • Hello John Volonts and Fellow Poet,

      Greetings from Sharon O’Brien, formerly Sharon Balazy Censoplano.

      I remember you so very well…your gentle manner and poetic insight.

      Hoping you are embracing life as always.

  2. AFTER MEETING WITH DEAN CONDON TO LEARN IF MY WRITING WAS SO OFFENSIVE AS TO THROW ME OUT OF THE COLLEGE. HE SAID THAT I COULD CONTINUE AS A STUDENT.
    LATER ON THAT YEAR, I WAS OFFERED A PARTIAL SCHOLARSHIP THROUGH THE CITIZEN EXCHANGE CORPS TO TRAVEL THROUGH THE SOVIET UNION. QUITE AN EXPERIENCE.


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