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.