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November 17, 2010


I am so sorry to hear this. Thanks for posting this lovely poem.

The news that Steve passed away, has shocked and saddened us.
We are wish all nearest and dearest the strength to bare this lost. Our heart goes out to all.
In one of his last emails, Steve wrote “I've been madly working on poems every day, and
I'm afraid to do anything else, afraid that the muse will leave me!”
The muse has left and took Steve with her.

With love,Marcel and Bert

I was currently in his poetry class when Steve began feeling the effects of the disease that took him. I will never forget the bruteness by which he spoke, wrote, and mentored. We have lost a brilliant poet, friend, and mentor but have been left with the beauty in his poetry and the lessons he has taught us.

Forever in our hearts, Steve...


Excellent poem, major loss.

Steve was at first an affront to me, when as his student I first gathered that he would suffer no pretenders, and allow very little use of cosmetics.

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