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December 15, 2016

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Thanks for this, Michael. Ray was a good friend for many decades. You introduced us ca. 1972 & we kept in touch thereafter. He was a singular man & writer. I will miss him---it's hard to accept that I can't just pick up the phone & give him a call.

I published Ray in the Midatlantic Review in the
70's during the little magazine craze. I was crazy
about his little insight poems, esp the one
that begins "There are the wines of France..."
BC

Lovely piece, Michael.--Charles North

I knew Ray briefly as my professor in an MFA Poetry summer course at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, when Fred Eckman was still active. Unfortunately I did not understand enough about why I was there to fully appreciate how much he had to give. Only years later when I look back on that and other experiences do they make a difference. Thanks, Michael, for giving a little of that back.

Last saw him just a few months ago, introducing Luigi Ballerini's Cephalonia (Rail Editions) at SVA. Energized and erudite, his intro could have been for all literature. Then he steered me through an exhibit of his works in various cabinets and vitrines -- happy! What a lovely poet.

Love the photos, Michael. And thanks for the remembrance. Ray was a dedicated, influential poet and a thoughtful supportive reader of poetry. I feel honored to have called him a friend. I knew him in New York and he was one of the writers I was pleased to be able to see when my life brought me up to Columbia County because he was moved up there too for a while.

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