Ralph Murre | Caparem

Ralph Murre is the author of “Crude Red Boat“, a book of poetry from Cross+Roads Press. Ordering information is available from caparem(at) His poems and other writing have appeared in a number of small press publications and web sites.


Eric Chaet suffers the plight of many self-made American writers: nobody knows his name. Well, some of us do. But not nearly enough. Eric has set a simple task for himself: To change the world.

He presently lives in the backwaters of DePere, Wisconsin and writes in that time-honored tradition of American rebels (Emerson, Thoreau, Whitman Ginsberg, Kerouac. et. al.) who have miles to go before they sleep, a world of things to say about the human condition, whole philosophies to examine in darkness and light, spewing forth words and ideas in a kind of rambling monologue/dialogue that doesn’t necessarily fit the classic domains of neat novels, stories, essays, poems or books. He’s one of those American writers bigger than any form can hold.

I first met Eric via Wisconsin Public Radio when he called in on a program I was doing with Jean Feraca concerning the American poet-rebel, Kenneth Patchen, and surprised me with his knowledge of Patchen’s life and work. I later met him for coffee in Green Bay, invited him to read and discuss his life at one of my classes at The Clearing, and for the last three years or so, kept in touch with him and his work via e-mail.

He is someone I have always wanted to feature in an essay-profile, but since I have my own deadlines, not to mention battles with local/state publications, wallowing in the same-old, same-old, unwilling to give me the column I need, the small price it takes to feed a writer, the space to develop full-length profiles and pieces, writing-on-the-web-whenever will have to do, for now. Though I encourage newspaper, magazine, and radio people on my public and private e-mail lists, to take a look at the story-potential of Eric Chaet and give him the exposure he needs. He’s as American as apple pie, as revolutionary as the local anarchist down the street who goes to church every Sunday. And truth-to-tell, this country is in dire need of his kind of thinking these days. by Norbert Blei


Bruce Hodder is a British poet (Beat/Upbeat/Downbeat) with one haiku’d-eye fixed savagely on his literary countrymen, the other (the wild one) peering amusedly at the jazzy antics/riffs of scribblers (past/prsent) here in the colonies; writer, critic, self-critic, comtemplater, curmudgeon, blogger,roustabout, man-of-his-word firmly rooted in the ‘angry young man’ tradition of bluesy-blowzy-bloody ole England. He can be found (among other places) in the recent, much heralded anthology of contemporary writing, OTHER VOICES, Works in Progress,featuring 22 accomplished writers and artists from here, there, all over the world, available from Cross+Roads Press, PO Box 33, Ellison Bay, WI ($17 plus $3 shipping and handling).



jeff winke | photo: mike starling Jeff Winke lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in a downtown industrial loft with his wife, two-thirds of his children and a posse of four cats.where he plies his skills as a PR counselor, magazine editor and adjunct university professor.

Recent books include PR Idea Book: 50 Proven Tools That Really Work (Denver: Outskirts Press, 2006) and the haiku collection What’s Not There (Chicago: Deep North Press, 2002), which won a Merit Book Award from the Haiku Society of America.

Photo: Mike Starling


I started Free Lunch after I had a bout with cancer and was trying to put my life in some perspective. I thought about how important poetry had been to me my whole life and how much it had given to me. So, I thought, I want to give something back to poetry and poets. So that’s when I got the idea for Free Lunch.

I would give serious poets living in the U.S. a free subscription to my magazine. That list nears 1200 now. Also, I made a promise to myself that I would comment as best I could on all work sbmitted to me. As a poet myself, I knew how dispiriting it was to get a printed rejection slip with no indication as to why my work was being rejected. I feel that this commitment to commenting on submissions is just one of the unique qualities of Free Lunch.”

Ron Offen | Editor



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