In 2018. he published his Elegy For My Beat Generation
Harold Norse is quoted on the dust-jacket – “I have watched Neeli Cherkovski’s development as a poet over the past twenty years. He has grown into a singularly gifted voice with an “ear” for rhythm and a gift for unique, original insight”
Indeed, as one commentator noted – “This book is brimming with anecdotes–dizzying, erudite espresso binges with Philip Lamantia, then there’s the tale of Allen Ginsberg trying to swat Cherkovski away from obstructing his sexual conquests – “I have a young friend I’d like you to meet. He’s straight, and he only makes it with me. Don’t try to go to bed with him.” There’s also the story of Harold Norse likening William S. Burroughs to “…a riverboat gambler”, and the list could go on. This is a deeply-undervalued book from someone who knew virtually all of the important West Coast Beats and learned from them firsthand–as such, it is integral for any Beat library.”
Most recently from Neeli – ABC’s (2021) from Spuyten Duyvil
“Neeli Cherkovski’s new poem (sic) bubbles with improvisatory acumen, sounds echoing sentiment – the intelligence of affect melts into the necessity for resonance—before turning around to shake your hand: comrade! friend! reader!”, declares an enthusiastic Charles Bernstein .
The previous year, (2020) , Lithic Press published two of his books, Hang On To The Yangtze River, a book of recent poems, and an extraordinary collaboration with Clark Coolidge – Coolidge and Cherkovski in Conversation. For the full conversation see – here
A new book of poems is upcoming from Lithic in 2023
Videos of Neeli – more videos (Neeli reading his poetry) – see here