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spacer.gif   CHICAGO SAYS GOODBYE TO A GUY FROM ALBANY
Posted by : cj on Wednesday, February 02, 2005 - 12:39 AM
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Chicago Poetry News: Click On Headlines .
Tom, Charlie and Dan

Poet-activist, member of 3 Guys from Albany, Tom Nattell died quietly at
home surrounded by loved ones on Sunday evening, January 30. His good
friend Dan Wilcox was able to visit and read some favorite poems on his
last day. As the founder of many poetry programs in the Albany area, Tom
had a profound effect on the poetry scene in that city and the region. As
part of his legacy, he founded a Peace Poetry Prize at Albany High School
which will award an annual prize for the best student poem promoting
peace.


Poem for Tom

Deadly serious archetypal jester
behind a wildman clown facade
you're a 21st century old coyote
truth telling trickster
speaking poems of sense and sanity
to an absurd and insane world,
whether skewering Newt
mocking Bob Dole
praising Ionesco
or remembering Noerine Kaleeba
you're a circus of juggled doll heads
prehistoric rhino art
and burning sage

your house is a museum of activism
and of your adventures
to the holy grounds
of the ancient Southwest
with your son Noah,
your backyard is a shrine
to Gaea
hand built by you,
your basement bin of worms
turns kitchen waste to shit
and then to food and flowers

who else but you Tom
would research for us
the history of halloween
or discourse at length
on the necessity of breathing?
who else? no one.

and so I applaud
your idiosyncratic self
my friend
stoked on vitamins and ginsing
washed down with that mystery drink
we call swamp water
you are a necessary spirit
of the good and true

this poem, I know, is shorter
than most of your introductions
but hey, I've only got five minutes,
I'll stop here

you get the point.

--Charlie Rossiter




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