Goosebumps of Antimatter

Richard Martin


ISBN 978-1-947980-04-4      550 pages        $40.00

“The Poet As Comedian:

Contextualizing Dick Martin’s boink!”

By Richard Blevins


“He created his own Kool Aid reality and was able to illuminate himself by it.”

-- Trout Fishing in America



On his fiftieth birthday in the final year of the millennium, inspired by a belated reading of Richard Brautigan’s Trout Fishing In America, Dick Martin realized his plan of fifty days of writing which he would publish as boink!, splendidly unaware he had initiated his “antimemoir” on the mutual birthdate of Tex Avery and Jackie Gleason, while sharing his own birthday with Ducky Nash, the voice of Donald Duck.  If reading Brautigan’s novel for the first time in 1999 was unfashionably late in its afterlife, an overdue book truly and a fact most of us would omit from the conversation about books we’ve meant to read, it was no problem for the maladjusted memoirist.  I am myself writing a decade too late for a proper book review of boink!, my roundabout way of coming to terms with the problems and rewards it poses for a reader of poetry, and humor, and humorous poetry--unless, that is, like the late Thomas Bernhard, the reader is humorless and has abandoned poetry or, like Jackie and Tex, one has a genius for comedy and has passed on--, having been boink’d again by re-reading Dick Martin’s classic memoir. ...


Richard Martin is the author of Dream of Long Headdresses: Poems from a Thousand Hospitals (Signpost Press, 1988), White Man Appears on Southern California Beach (Bottom Fish Press, 1991); Modulations (Asylum Arts, 1998); Marks (Asylum Arts, 2002); boink! (Lavender Ink, 2005), Sideways (Obscure Publications, 2004), Strip Meditation (Igneus Press, 2009), Altercations in the Quiet Car (Lavender Ink /Fell Swoop, 2010), Under the Sky of No Complaint (Lavender Ink /Fell Swoop, 2013)  Fungo Appetite (unarmed chapbooks, 2014),  Buffoons in the Gene Pool (Lavender Ink /Fell Swoop, 2016), and Techniques in the Neighborhood of Sleep (Spuyten Duyvil, 2016).Martin is a past recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship for Poetry, founder of The Big Horror Poetry Series (Binghamton, New York, 1983-1996) and a retired Boston Public Schools principal. He lives in Boston with his family.