July 19, 2003

No Words

"It's just sad, you know. She was such a beautiful spirit. It's just a loss to the world."

Yusef Komunyakaa, my favorite living American poet, lost his wife and son as a result of murder-suicide. I'm shocked beyond words.

[ via George Kelly at allaboutgeorge.com ]

Posted by ronn at July 19, 2003 12:29 AM

I got up this morning after reading the Post story, walked over to my closet where A. had a big stack of magazines stored and pulled down a copy of Poets and Writers magazine. January's copy, I think, has Kevin Young on the cover and a little Z.Z. Packer interview, but also a full-length Vazirani profile (since "World Hotel" had just come out). I had to sit down hard when I read about her father's suicide in '74. It's just a hard, hard thing. I never knew her or anyone close to her either. Posted by: George on July 19, 2003 12:52 AM
For some reason this senseless act is haunting me. I was just preparing for bed when I stopped by your site and read the horrendous news. It saddens me that she felt she could turn to no one. It has me thinking about every possible second leading up to her resolve to end it all for her and her child. I need coffee and music. Probably gonna pull out some poetry. Just not Komunyakaa's right now. Posted by: ronn on July 19, 2003 01:07 AM
I don't know much about anyone in the poetry world, but it's just terribly sad. Seems as though she was crying out for help, too, but just wasn't sure who to go to. Posted by: PatCH on July 19, 2003 09:48 AM
That is really sad. Don't know of her or her work but it's really disturbing. Posted by: hyps on July 21, 2003 05:35 AM
DAMN! Posted by: lynne on July 22, 2003 01:49 AM