24 March 2005

songs of the dead

Billy Budd

  Theodor Uppman creatd the role in the Britten opera

At the Moving Picture Ball

  a personal favorite from "The Very Best of Bobby Short"

Mr. Cellophane

  Barney Martin broke my heart in "Chicago"

& a singer with words: after learning of the deaths of these men who sang I was googling some friends I hadn't heard from in a while last nite & shockingly found out that Ron Schrieber died last summer from cancer.

I met the poet at the 1970 COSMEP conference & kept in that kind of off & on touch that happens. Ron was a founder of Hanging Loose & editor of 31 American Poets but was also a poet. I've pulld his books from the shelf & will read him this afternoon.

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