by John J. Petrolino III
From the Forward by David Amram:
It is a pleasure to sit in a quiet place and read "Galleria" by John Petrolino.
Many of these poems I have heard while accompanying John in readings we have done together, but even if I didn't know or ever have had the chance to hear his outstanding renditions of his own work, I could hear his voice just by reading what he put down on paper?
Like two other merchant seamen who influenced my earlier life, my uncle David Amram and Jack Kerouac, John Petrolino's poetry expresses the introspection and keen observation that all who go to sea develop in their writing.
Like Jack London and Herman Melville, he knows how to tell a story and make you feel part of it?