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Erich von Neff is a San Francisco longshoreman. He received his masters degree in philosophy from San Francisco State University and was a graduate research student at the University of Dundee Scotland.
Erich von Neff is well known on the French avant-garde and mainstream literary scenes. He is a member of the Poetes Francais ,La Societes des Poetes et Artistes de France, Vice Chancelier de la Federation Poetique de Saint Venance Fortunat, and Membre d'honneur du Caveau Stephanois.
He has had the following publications in France (en français):
Short Stories: 157
Small press books 7
Prix (Prizes) 25
Erich von Neff's novel "Prostitutees au bord de La Route" (Prostitutes by the Side of the Road) was published by "Cashiers de Nuit" (1999) with a grant from Centre Region des Lettres de Basse-Normandie.
Erich von Neff's book of poems "Les Putains Cocainomanes" (The Cocaine Whores) was published by Cahiers du Nuit, 1998. "Les Putains Cocainomanes " was discussed on 96.2 FM, Paris, 1998 by Marie-Andre Balbastre, Poem # 45 was read.
Several poems from "Les Putains Cocainomanes "were read at the Cafe Montmarte in Paris,2010. Several poems from "Les Yeux qui faiblissent ont faim de la vigilance eternelle de la verite "were read at the Cafe Au soleil de la Butte in Paris, 2014. Poems from " Un Cube chrome a l'interieur d'une coquille d'oeuf cassee" were read at the Cafe Au soleil de la butte" in Paris 2014.
A Trophée Victor Hugo was awarded to Erich von Neff's novel "Une Lancia rouge Devale Lombard Street a tombeau ouvert," (The Red Lancia Roars Down Lombard Street), 1998. Several poems from my "Le Puttane della cocaina" (The Cocaine Whores) were read by Giulia Lombardo at the Caffe Litterario in Rome, at the Caffe Palatennistavolo,Teni Italy & Caffe degli artisti in Milan, Bookbar in Rome, Bibliocafe in Rome , and in five other Italian cafes in Italy,2014. Several poems from my "Le Puttane della cocaina" were read by Giulia Lombardo at the Caffe Palatennistavolo,Terni Italy in February ,6 readings in May 2015, 3 readings in June 2015, 2 readings in July, 4 readings in August, 4 readings in September,3 readings in October, 5 readings in December, 2015. 2 readings of my "Le Puttane dela cocaina"were read by Giulia Lombardo at the,Caffe Palatennistavolo,Terni Italy, January 2016. 2 readings of my "Le Puttane della cocaina" were read by Giulia Lombardo at the Caffe Palatennistavolo, February 2016.
on Dec. 15, 2013 :
This book is been a interesting travel inside "fasion, models & co, in different part of the world. The author gives you the idea to stay near location and carachters he described, also if sometime Ercih von neff is a little bit cruel, keep the elegance and the perfect description of location, person, habits and vices.
I have several favourite poems but the most realistic description I had with poem Slaughter on Tenth Avenue and also Scenes froma ballet.
You can find this book translated in English, italian, spanish, french!
Honestly I recommended to all my friend to buy the book!!!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Sep. 29, 2013 :
This book surprised me. It talks about women who make a living doing the oldest job in the world, giving men with opulent lives pleasure in various parts of the world (USA, France, Italy, Spain...). They are women addicted to harmful substances, lost in a world of false sophistication, alone. The poems have a particular style I had never seen before. It is a raw style that still remains poetic. Erich von Neff’s poems describe prostitutes who are women, as well as being girls who suck on lollipops, eat candy and chew pink gum. I recommend reading this book of poems (in English, French and Spanish-for now). My favorite poem is "Aux femmes fatales".
(reviewed the day of purchase)