Monday, 20 March 2017

SPRING RECKONING

POET AND WRITER, DR OKLA ELLIOT, DIED YESTERDAY, FAR TOO YOUNG

The 2017 spring has come, and in London it was a bleak, drizzly day, that reminds one of the Morrissey song, 'Every Day Is Like Sunday'.

I woke today to an 8 am email, from an American writer, telling me that the poet and Eyewear author (Bernie Sanders: The Essential Guide) Dr Okla Elliott had died suddenly Sunday. I know he had been through a lot, but he was young, and whatever happened, it is tragic, and shocking and saddening. No, it is suddening.

Of course, Derek Walcott died (sadly) the other day, too. A massive loss to world culture.

And we now know Brexit gets trigged on 29 March; and the Trump show keeps slouching on to its evil conclusion.

So, yeah, spring - welcome, and some good news please... I guess the Sesame Street autistic Muppet is good news.... a little late, but welcome.

And, yes, Eyewear DID have a great LBF17, and a superb launch on Friday of new books at the LRB... but for today, my heart is deep in thought about poor Okla. RIP.



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