Published 13 books of poetry and one novel. Memoir about growing up with polio, entitled: A BODY DIVIDED, 2009, available at amazon.com.
Rave on amazon.com:
"Much more solid content than the rationalizing wimps that fill up the couch on Oprah's show. A literate and inspiring memoir that stands well above the usual marketplace driven drivel. Recommended."
-- Tony Crowell
New novel available in manuscript entitled: HOW THE SIXTIES ENDED: or The San Francisco Poetry Wars. Part of which is available for free online.
Most of my work is available for purchase on Amazon kindle books.
Also, a new novel manuscript of flash fiction letters from both male and female perspectives entitled: ADULTERATED MEMOIRS.
Inquiries are warmly welcome!
You can see me reading some poems on youtube:
or plug in jerry ratch to google.com, and it comes right up.
new book: click on link for online echapbook: How the Sixties Ended
I wish I knew. Nothing is a certainty, that's for sure! All I know for sure is you won't find my writing at an airport kiosk. Unfortunately. But you will find my books online at amazon kindle books for, like, 99 cents each. So, c'mon, now!
Ernest Hemingway. Raymond Carver. T.S. Eliot. William Carlos Williams. Charles Bukowski. a few Billy Collins. a few Jack Gilbert. Walt Whitman. Emily Dickinson. Roberto Bolano.
Hi Jerry! Thanks muchly for your kind words.
Thanks for reading and commenting :)
hey, just noticed you're from oakland. same here, until two years ago. how's it going in the town?
Thank you foro the "*" on "Dream Music", Jerry. Appreciate that. Am enjoying your work very much.
Thanks for looking at my silliness, Jerry. Yet Another Magazine, indeed. I would rather call it Doorstop, though, and publish it with the pages glued together.... :)
Thank you, Jerry, for your kind comments on "Letter for K". I've been watching your readings on YouTube--very subtle, very powerful. Someday, I hope to give "K" that same kind of power.
dear Jerry, thanks for your comments on demons, its a long work in progress and I so appreciate it!!
Get to the truth? What's that? Thanks for your incisive comment on Holiday Newsletter -- as true as it gets.
Jerry, will look at that last line of Playboy Bunny, it it supposed to function as a leitmotif or thread connecting the dots for the protagonist, but...maybe not. Thanks again for you comments, truly appreciated.
Thanks for reading and commenting on Bitter Bits, Jerry.
Generous of you to look at "Love in Amber," Jerry! Thank you!
Thanks for EX!
Thank you for reading and commenting on When Borders was Alive and Well. I'll read something of yours soon. I just read that you've published 13 books of poetry! I'm slaving over my first collection and I am in awe of your volume of work.
Jerry, thanks for the read and fave on "Mechanics of Sex." Based on what I've seen of your work, I'm not surprised you liked this.
Yes, of course it's shmarc. He was just too upset.
Thanks for the kind commens and fave on "The Songs of Townes Van Zandt." He touched and continues to touch many people.
Jerry, yeah ... good stuff, keep on writing, I'll keep reading
Jerry, thanks for the fav. It took me a couple of days to get back to you, but want you to know I really appreciate it.
all best, Lillian
Thanks for the read and recommendation on Riding with the King. I see where you are coming from about that last line.
Jerry, thanks for faving my short, Exposed! You've written so many pieces, i'm impressed! I really enjoyed your work :)
Thank you for the welcome Jerry. I did enjoy the one story of your's I've read so far, hope to read more soon. Cheers.
Damn it, Jerry, I sure appreciate your encouragement! Thanks for reading and liking No Sugar.
Thanks for the note on "Daddy Walked the Pits." I've only been active on Fictionaut for a couple of months. Getting to know people on line, peeking at their websites, it's all very interesting. I almost went to Irvine for grad school. My advisor thought I'd like Oakley Hall. I'll be watching for your stuff.
Thanks, Jerry, for the * on 'Saved, Nevertheless.'
Jerry, thanks for faving "Eyes Off the Road."
Hi, Jerry! Thanks for faving "Joan of Dark."
Thanks for commenting on and faving "Rattlesnake Pancakes," Jerry. Glad you liked it!
Hi to you, too! Thanks for the post!
Hi, Jerry! Thanks for faving "The Sober Boat."
Thanks for the welcome. Always nice to meet a fellow Oaklander.
Thanks for faving "Magritte."
Hi, Jerry. Thanks for reading, 'Heart of Gold.' I greatly appreciate your comment and fav.
Haha! We must have hung out in some of the same bathrooms! You in Berkeley and me in Madison! Always loved that one - along with the send up of the Nathan Hale quote: "Give me librium or give me meth!" Although now, not quite so funny!
Hi Jerry- My signature quote: "The only Art I ever knew drove a laundry truck..." was actually graffiti on the wall of the men's room my first day of Art School before my first painting class - and I was nervous - I saw that written in marker on the wall - and I never forgot it! :-)
Thanks, Jerry, glad "The Last Chance...Story Contest," caught your fancy.
jerry, i am touched that you think the little yellow pills might work for you. i'm not that old however, and neither are you...you'll have to do without. writing is a great substitute for pills. thanks for commenting on "<a href="http://www.fictionaut.com/stories/marcus-speh/the-serious-writer-occupies-wall-street">the serious writer occupies wall street</a>"!
Jerry! Good to hear from you. Thanks for responding to my nasty little Twain story.
Thanks for faving "Fish Boil," Jerry.
You're a champ, Jerry. Thanks for the comment and fave for my Twain fantasy. I 'preciate it.
Thanks for the invite, Jerry! I'm currently trying to figure out how this website works. I checked out a few of your poems-great stuff!
Thanks for faving the Chattanooga poem, Jerry.
Thanks for faving the Euclid poem, Jerry. Appreciate it!
thanks, jerry for that fav on "<a href="http://www.fictionaut.com/stories/marcus-speh/in-the-nude">in the nude</a>". you're the grand master of the nude memoir.
Thanks for faving "Addictions," Jerry!
Thanks for faving Son of Goya," Jerry1 Appreciate it!
Jerry! Thanks for you comment on War Rides A Red Rorse. Horse. And I'll check the author out; I've been told to read him.
Also, for the favorite-o on May December.
You're cool. :)
Hey, Jerry, that's it, I bet. Maybe we will change Spot's name to Lassie.
Spot did not get named Spot by accident, Jerry. Hope all's well with you, my friend.
Jerry, thanks for your comment on Momma's Dogs. Everybody Needs a Soul made me quiver inside.
Loved your succinct comment and the fave on Sisters At The Lake! Many thanks!
Thanks for the welcome and the Fav. I loved your Homage to the Old piece and gave you a Fav for it.
Jerry, thanks for the * for "Still Life." Much appreciated.
The Pigeons! I love them. :)
Ah, Jerry! You didn't forget about me. Give me fifteen years and I'll appreciate it.
Jerry, thanks for the comments and the star. Yes, 9/11 was a frightful day. Then somebody stepped in and said, "Now do you want to see something REALLY scary?"
Belated Thanks for your comment on Smite the Hindmost, I appreciate it. LS
Check out a new poem from Jerry over at fwriction : review!
Hey Jerry! I love that you, too, have puppet love! Thanks for posting on my wall about it!
Thanks for commenting on and faving "Whiplash Marriage." Glad you liked it!
Thanks for the awesome comment and fave on Things Left Unsaid, Jerry! I'm drawn to dream/reality stuff too, so there probably are a few more like it lurking in my subconscious...:)
Thanks, Jerry, for faving "Mussel Memory." Glad to be back!
Thanks for having a bite at the "Dessert Buffet". I wrote it in first person to start with, and as a bit longer piece. Your comment was especially interesting to me. Perhaps I should trust my initial instincts.
Thanks for coming by and reading my X, Sam. So now I will be checking your X as well. (Puppet X, excellent title.)
Nipple? Nipple! What a great word.
Thank you so much!
Thanks, Jerry, for the fave of "The Proud Accounting."
You faved me! I love that.
thanks for reading Hinky and Claudette and I'm really glad you like rats.
Thanks, my friend, for your fave for "Lefty's." I always look for to the next installment of the youthful J.R. saga.
Thanks for reading "There's Love, and there's Marriage" & for leaving your "fav!" So many of yours to choose from...hm...off to blindly point and click.
Thanks Jerry for reading and faving "Lay On Me".
My pleasure Jerry, I enjoyed your work! Lena
Dear prolific Jerry, thanks so much for the thumbs up for "Moro". I really appreciate it.
Thanks so much for Fave-ing my flash fiction, "Arm." Really appreciate the warm welcome to Fictionaut.
Jerry, thanks for faving No Adjectives. All best.
Hi, Jerry. Thanks for reading 'Fifty Five Words or Less.' And for the fav.
Thanks for the fave of "Florid Psychosis"! Appreciate it, Jerry!
Thanks, Jerry! Glad you liked "Knot Eye."
Jerry - thanks for Fav-ing "Stolen Shoes". I am pleased that you liked it.
Thanks for reading "Swift and Precise". I love being read, but being read and faved is even better.
Jerry, thanks for reading Check Engine, and for the fave. Much appreciated. All best.
Thanks for the fave, Jerry. You have a ton of stories here. Look forward to reading more of your work!
Thanks for faving Better Days, Jerry. All best.
No respect, Jerry, no respect. That's what happens when you get old & gray. Thanks for the read & comment about my eatery story.
Jerry ("The Snatch Snatcher") Ratch
(Couldn't resist! Delete at your convenience...)
Glad you liked my post 9/11 story. Thanks, Jerry.
Hi Jerry! Thanks for reading and commenting on Riposi ... I'm pretty new to Fictionaut so I'm just catching on to seeing comments and replying, but I love interacting with other writers, so your comment means a lot!
Jerry, thanks for the read and fave on my vagina girl story (centerpiece), so glad you enjoyed it
Thank you for reading Dark Water. Much appreciated, as always.
Hi Jerry, thanks for reading Ripe - glad you liked it!
Hi Jerry, I'm glad you liked Burger and fries - thanks for the fave.
as someone who is interested in medicine, the epilepsy piece was very humanizing. i liked it a lot.
Hey Jerry, thanks for the welcome. Moved from the city to Oak Park a year ago. Enjoying it so far. Don't know much about Villa Park. Will have to check it out. Off to read some of your work...
That's the best kind of marginalia!
Jerry, apologies this is so late, but thank you for your comment on 'This Girl in That Shirt'.
Hey Jerry! I've just posted 'A Caregiver's Homage to the Very Old' to Like Birds Lit. I just wanted to tell you have much I loved reading it. My great grandmother lived with us for a couple years when she was in her early ninety's and your piece really hit the notes, in my humble opinion. The last couple of lines, in particular, pulled at my heart strings.
Jerry. Thanks for the fav on "The man who killed Molly Bloom." Novel? I thought about it for a minute, but I'm working on three and I've already got the next seven planned after them ... and I doubt that I'll live long enought to finish those. Sometimes, too, you just gotta sit back and smell the beer.
Thank you for reading and commenting on Ocean Front Epitaph. Much appreciated. BTW, what has happened to your "Poetry Wars" excerpts? I have enjoyed reading those.
Nice comment! Thanks.
Hey there!-- I was born in Western Springs. Near LaGrange, Hinsdale, Downer's Grove. What about you?
You're too kind, Jerry! I'm glad Hotel Chelsea is drawing some fans.
Hi Jerry, thanks for your comment about "Hotel Chelsea - Nanette 5" - appreciate it!
Hi Jerry, thanks for your comment about "Hotel Chelsea - Intercut 7" - appreciate it!
Thanks for laughing at/with "NEVER Drunk, ALWAYS Disorderly".
I mean "Intercut 2"
Thanks, Jerry, for your comment about "Hotel Chelsea - Intercut 1".
Thanks for the note, Jerry. I'll take a look. Always so much to see here at F'naut!
Thanks Jerry for reading my story The Voyeur. It means a lot to me. Looking forward to reading your work here!
Me too! Two poems in the 80's. I'll check out your Poetry Wars.
I live in Lincolnwood. Been to Berkeley--a different life! Loved it there. (Of course, I was there in 1972!)
Where did you grow up?
The next time you see me in Rockridge, say hello! Thaisa
Jerry, thanx for the fave on "Urban Renewal". Appreciate it!
Jerry, thanks for reading and posting on my story The Fall of Love. Hope to see you in NY in a few weeks--
Jerry, thanks for reading Teacher. I appreciate your support and the fav. I'm enjoying your writing as well and will continue to read.
8 out of 10 points is pretty great. Thankfully, I'm not using this questionnaire for personal purposes, just a story in another form!
Jerry, thanks for reading and commentin on Doreen - II. Yes, there will be more.
Jerry, thanks for the fav on The First Date Questionnaire. Me thinks it's scaring people off!
WHO IS VON ROTTEN?!?!?!??!
Do you have a different email address. For some reason, I can't access your email address via your website, my computer goes into some glitch mode that I don't understand. If you do, send another email address to me via my email on f'naut.
Thank you for the fave on Things I Should Have Learned - #2. Would love your take on Things I Should Have Learned - #1.
You want to send me the whole book? I'd be glad to take a real look. Richard Ford blurbing for you, sensational. I do so adore his writing, though perhaps I'm the odd woman out because I think it's men, not women, who most hew to his work.
I'm just starting to really work on my own writing seriously, and appreciate your comments!
Thanks for reading my story "Real Estate," Jerry. Those real estate ladies! I'd love to read one of yours. Which do you recommend? I was they gave the dates of the posted stories so we'd know where to start.
Jerry, nice to meet here...thanks for comment and reading on Sweet & Sour.
Thanks for reading 15 Minutes More. Glad you enjoyed it.
Jerry, thanks. There is a lot of talent here ... a lot.
thanks for inviting me!
Jerry - thanks for the thanks, I did you a disservice though, in Bklyn it was probably only 4-5 years later. One of the rites was throwing darts at a ping-pong table leaned up against the wall, our Miller got the idea to crawl behind it, then stuck his shit eating grin out from behind, took one right in the temple. Of course, the little girls ran to comfort him while he basked in the glow, same grin on his face. So you see why I related. Gotta read more of yours, the two so far have been great memory snatchers.
Was a pleasure to read your story. Thanks to you, too!
Neat to see the Bubble Lady referenced in your last installment. I saw her lead an anti-Reagan parade in 1980, I believe. I was was working at Blondie's Pizza on Telegraph Ave, if that rings a bell.
Jerry, George Wallace sends his regards back to you.
you're welcome - i'm already in meg's group and read loads of stuff: see http://flawntpress.com/blog/podcasts/ - enjoy!
two things, jerry: i really enjoyed your reading (on youtube) and i like yer beard. if only because i got one like it, too, more peppered.