Monday, December 17, 2007

John Moritz 1946-2007

Services are pending for John Moritz--poet, editor, publisher, reading series sponsor. Former editor of Tansy Press, Moritz was himself a fine poet with tuned ear and eye. He sponsored a reading series in the 1980s that brought Tom Raworth, Joanne Kyger, Robin Blaeser, and others to Lawrence. For each reading he published a broadside. His Tansy in the 1970s brought important texts into the world, including works of Ken Irby. He entered into the world of text as a practitioner, admirer, midwife, responder.

He was smart and funny. I remember him and wife Sharon consoling me after a divorce. I remember great meals and parties at his house. He leaves me much to think about.