New from Counter Culture Chronicles:
Ira Beryl Brukner (1948-2015) was born in Jacksonville, Florida and studied literature at the University of Florida before relocating to Jerusalem to study at Hebrew University. Back in the US, he travelled extensively and finally settled in New York, where the first publications of his poetry helped him find various positions as a poetry teacher. Around 1984 Brukner contacted Dutch poet Harry Hoogstraten and wrote: “Hi, I am a great poet from New York, coming to Amsterdam and available for readings”. Hoogstraten intuitively took this piece of self-aggrandizement at face-value and helped set up a number of readings in Holland. Brukner and Hoogstraten hit it off and hung out for a whole year in the Dutch capital. “Ira was a passionate and wild guy with Armenian roots”, remembers Hoogstraten, from whose archives a recording of Brukner reading his poem Questions has been lifted and released on cassette by Counter Culture Chronicles. It’s the only recording of Brukner’s opus magnum, CCC adds on the J-card of the cassette, which also contains a laser-printed insert with a short explanatory note in Hoogstraten’s handwriting.