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June 14, 2011


Yes - A wonderful memorial - and I'm sure we were all waiting for Paul to step up to the mike, put his hands in his pocket, and begin.

Thanks to all who put together this tribute - and, Stacey, it is heartening, as you say, to hear others read his work aloud....

I was struck by Eileen Myles' comment about this being the first death that truly made her think of her own mortality. I feel that way, too - possibly because Paul just seemed so preternaturally youthful and indestructible.

So beautifully observed Stacey, thank you so much for this. I'm crying a little as I type this. He was such a great poet and such a deep good man who gave so much and with such grace.
I wish I could have been there- I was there in spirit. Much love to you and to all who miss him. I know this is how grief works, but still I'm surprised at how it hurts and (I know only for a while) actually at first the hurt gets worse with time. I'm more mad and flummoxed now by the loss than I was when I first heard we'd lost him. Sad and not fair and a tough break for all of us. Pouting dumbly at the sky and earth -

Thanks again for this remarkable description, it must taken a lot out of you to write it and it is a gift to those who loved him but couldn't be there.

Gratefully yours,


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