Thursday, February 02, 2006


Ralph Hasselmann,Jr. the founder of http://lucidmoonpoetry.com/ passed away. Ralph's "Lucid Moon Magazine," was one of the first magazines I published my poetry in. If you can belive it, he put out a montly magazine at his own expense that was 330 + pages. Later he went online. About 3 years ago Ralph was in a horrible car accident that left him a quadriplegic. Ralph was a classic small press character. He was constantly writing reviews, poetry, and kibbitzing with all the players in our literary subculture. Many a poet was introduced to the likes of Ed Galing,Joyce Metzger, Lyn Lifshin, Hugh Fox and a host of others through his magazine and website. He had a large network of friends in the small press, and published many a poet for the first time. His spirit, his childlike enthusiasm, will be sorely missed...

Here is a letter from his parents:

It is with sadness that Kathy and I inform you that Ralph Jr. passed away today at age 40. preliminary indications are cardiac arrest. His funeral service is Friday 2/3 from 7 to 9 pm at St.Stephens Orthodox Church, 609 Lane Ave, South Plainfield, NJ 07080. An Orthodox church service will be held Saturday, at the same location at 9:30AM. A burial will follow at Hollywood Memorial Cemetery, Stuyvesant Avenue, Union, NJ at about 11:30 AM.

2 comments:

  1. Ralph was a big supporter and friend of Poesy. His spirit and his dedication to small press poetry will be missed. He was the only person to ever interview me for Lucid Moon.

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  2. harris gardner5:51 PM

    Ralph was a "force of nature" in the small press scene. His energy was remarkable; his journal provided a venue and a voice for many talented and lesser known poets as well. I enjoyed following his comments and observations on the internet. I didn,t really know him, but his writings were very revelatory. He will be missed.
    My sympathies go out to his family. -- Harris Gardner

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