Monday Apr 22

hoppenthaler This issue of A Poetry Congeries is dedicated to the life and spirit of my friend, Kurt Brown, who slipped away from us recently. Kurt was a friend of nearly twenty years, and he and his wife, Laure-Anne Bosselaar were always kind and charitable to a young poet making his way. Since our list of friends in the poetry world often overlapped, I was able to spend a fair amount of time with Kurt in a variety of situations. While we both lived in New York, I saw Kurt and Laure-Anne a lot at NYC events, visiting at their home on several occasions. We’d meet at AWP and the Catskill Poetry Workshop, and we’d frequently end up dining or wetting our whistles with mutual friends like Michael Waters, Mihaela Moscaliuc, Carol Frost, Dick Frost, Cornelius Eady, Nickole Brown, and others. The wine was always good because Kurt knew his wine. I will miss him a lot; he was one of the good guys.

Here are links to his obituary in the Aspen Daily News (Kurt founded the Aspen Writers Conference), to some poems we published here at Connotation Press, and a few other poems available online.

Laure-Anne Bosselaar & KurkBrown