Bareknuckle Poet Anthology Volume 1 2015 ★ This issue contains a selection of writers published here at Bareknuckle Poet during the past twelve months. It is NOT a ‘best of’ . . . it is a selection, and it was tough making that selection. If we included every author that we publish in the online journal every more »


Compiling Volume 001 2015 of our annual print anthology has proven a monumental task. We found ourselves sidetracked for awhile with our ed-in-chief Brentley Frazer disappearing from HQ to write and record a commissioned poem for the Brisbane Poetry Map. Also, our first collected poet A. G. Pettet read from his book and chaired a pop-culture more »

ROUND ONE: The Bareknuckle Poet Anthology 2015

Sometime in September Bareknuckle Books will publish the first annual ‘best of’ Bareknuckle Poet ~ Journal of Letters anthology. It’s not really a ‘best of’…because we don’t publish anything we don’t love…it’s more of a ‘selected’. Believe it, if it were a feasible thing to do, to publish a paperback containing everything we’ve published in more »

Baudelaire’s Birthday

Jim Nisbet’s outstanding translation of Charles Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du Mal got a mention at The Allen Ginsberg Project on April 9, Baudelaire’s birthday. “Jim Nisbet’s  Baudelaire versions (our current favorites) still haven’t been published and deserve to be seen in book form. A brief selection of them, however, may be seen here.” We started publishing more »

Happy Birthday, Us

year has passed since we rebooted as Bareknuckle Poet ~ Journal of Letters. New readers may not know our history…14 years ago we started publishing the best new literature we can find. In April 2001 Retort Magazine launched on the internet. Originally we published monthly issues (1 | 2 | 3 | 4), but then, for many years as our readership grew, Retort morphed more »

Charles Bukowski’s last poetry reading – The Last Straw (Rare Footage)

… don’t be like so many writers, don’t be like so many thousands of people who call themselves writers, don’t be dull and boring and pretentious, don’t be consumed with self- love. the libraries of the world have yawned themselves to sleep over your kind. don’t add to that. don’t do it. unless it comes more »