Friday, November 23, 2007

I was sad to hear, the other day, about the death (a suicide) of the poet Landis Everson, whose writing I began to love a couple of years ago, when Kevin Killian and Dodie Bellamy published some of his new poems (the first in decades) in Mirage#4/Period(ical).

Here I want to thank them for that, to thank Kevin and Lewis Ellingham for their varied efforts in bringing Everson's work to attention again (I had heard his name in lists of writers around Jack Spicer in the 1950s, and found out more through Killian & Ellingham's Spicer biography, Poet, Be Like God), and to thank Ben Mazer for starting the whole thing off by featuring Everson's early work in the third issue of Fulcrum and encouraging the writing of his last years.


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