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Posted by : cj on Monday, December 06, 2004 - 05:18 PM
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MITCH WILL BE MISSED

man, i just wanted to say how sad i was when I found out about Mitch. Quite a few people have talked to me about how much they liked Mitch. I was always always always happy to see him when he would visit us all at Mental Graffiti/MadBar and perch at the back of the bar and then make his gruff way to the stage to read.
He always seemed so surprised when I would go and say hi to him and tell him i liked his writing. I feel it is imperative that we, as a community, voice our support and love for people while they are in this physical world. Mitch always had a feeling of being somewhat isolated. I think he is a wonderful and brave spirit and i shall miss him greatly.

Lucy Anderton
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I was shocked to read the notice about Mitch Wojtycki's passing. I'd just spoken with him during the Printer's Row Book Fair; We talked about his love for Woody Herman's big band, the joys of riding the rails and hobo culture in the 40s and 50s, and the sharp irony of the poetry tent being sponsored by a realty company and why the poets are stuck at the ass end of the fair. I'm gonna miss him....

--Larry Winfield
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Mitch Wojtycki could be brash, cantankerous, and extremely undiplomatic. But he also could be wise, insightful, brave, and feisty. He was always willing to fight for his convictions. Mitch was a great link to the poetic past, but he also cared deeply about the future of literature. He had much to teach the younger generation of poets. We were never the best of friends, and I disagreed with about 80% of what he said. Yet, it was always great pleasure to run into him. Mitch was a refreshing antidote to the bland uniformity and "have a nice day" phoniness and hypersensitivity that permeates academic circles and the poetry scene (s). He was like a crusty reincarnation of Ernest Hemingway, and his poetic performances were truly magical. I didn't know anyone else like him, and he will be sorely missed. I will think of him next time I see a good intellectual dogfight. I bet he is getting into it with eternity right now.

--Vito Carli
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SAD NEWS: A good friend to the poetry community, Mitchell ("Mitch") Wojtycki (known for his gruff poetry and liquor dipped cigars), has passed away. There was a wake on Wed. June 20 at the Woloniak Funeral Home at 57th and Pulaski and the funeral took place there on Thur. June 21 with burial at St. Bedes at 82nd and Kostner afterward. I use to hang out with Mitch years ago at Gallery Cabaret, and he always made it out to the Bucktown Arts Fest to read in the Usual Suspects show. Though he was very outspoken, he was also very wise; he never gave me any shit, and respected what I was about. He was a hell of a guy. I too saw him last at Printers Row Bookfair, and he was looking good, right to the end.

--C.J. Laity



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