Category: Passings

  • Sudanese Poet, Artist Mohamed Bahnas Dies Homeless in Cairo

    Via Arab Literature (In English) & Still Sudan: Numerous news outlets (Shorouk, Youm7, Veto) are reporting that multitalented Mohamed Hussein Bahnas — guitarist, singer, artist, poet, and novelist — died of hunger and exposure on Cairo’s streets: The 42-year-old artist apparently came to Cairo two years ago to stage an exhibition and remained, performing his songs and poetry in various locations […]

  • Anselm Hollo (1934-2013)

    Rest in Peace Written 22 minutes ago by Jane Dalrymple-Hollo: Paavo Anselm Alexis Hollo passed away peacefully at 10:30 this morning in the loving arms Kaarina, Tamsin, and Jane. It couldn’t have been more beautiful, more perfect. We are grateful. We are in awe. SONG 3 missing one heavily makes one feel heavily (Anselm Hollo, […]

  • Toop on Coxhill

    Lol Coxhill in a skip. Art event copyright Simon Thackray. Photo: Tony Bartholomew. cris cheek just alerted us to a superb homage to Lol Coxhill by his friend & collaborator David Toop. Below 2 paragraphs from that homage; you can read the full piece here.  Lol could be an extraordinarily generous person. There were those […]

  • Karl May (1842-1912)

    Today one hundred years ago the German novelist Karl May died. The importance of his work for any German-language adolescent growing up in the 20C  was enormous (at least until the sixties/seventies when a series of bad movies ruined the imaginative hold the novels had). For me, young Luxembourgian sofa-bound reader, the 72 volumes of the “travel tales” represented the […]

  • Barney Rosset (1922 – 2012)

    from NYT obit: Barney Rosset, Trailblazing Publisher, Dies at 89 By JOHN WILLIAMS Barney Rosset, the legendary owner of Grove Press who fought legal battles to publish provocative writers, including Henry Miller and Samuel Beckett, has died at 89. The Associated Press obituary is here. The Times’s obituary will be up soon. Mr. Rosset’s experiences and his […]

  • Questions about Neruda’s Death

    via BBC: Chile Communists request poet Pablo Neruda’s exhumation The Communist Party in Chile has asked for the remains of the poet Pablo Neruda to be exhumed due to allegations that he may have been poisoned. The Nobel laureate died in Santiago in September 1973, 12 days after the military coup that brought Gen Augusto […]

  • Edwin Morgan (1920–2010)

    Bill Sherman, in a comment to this morning’s post, informed me that the Scots poet/makar Edwin Morgan had passed at 90. You can read a first obit by the BBC here. Bill included the following poem, which I’ll also reproduce: My life, as a slant of rain on the grey earth fields is gathered in […]

  • Roger Manderscheid (1933-2010)

    And the Memorial Day occasion stretches on: news just in that the Luxembourg writer Roger Manderscheid, an old & dear friend, died on Tuesday night. Of the generation just preceding mine, he was the most prolific, radical, engaged, political, satirical, and plain humorous poet, novelist, playwright in both the German and the Luxembourg languages, as […]

  • Kenneth Noland (1924-2010)

    Sometime in the early eighties in Paris on my way home I stopped in at Steve Lacy’s loft just two blocks south of my place on rue du Temple. I did this often because it was a great pleasure to come upon Steve rehearsing with quartet or sextet or composing at the piano — this […]

  • Nancy Spero (1926-2009)

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