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Deborah Digges & Franklin Rosemont, R.I.P.

By Travis Nichols

Deborah Digges

Franklin Rosemont

Deborah Digges, author of the Kingsley Tufts-award winning collection Rough Music, was found dead last Friday on the University of Massachusetts-Amherst campus.  The Tufts professor, poet and memoirist apparently took her own life.

Read the Boston Globe‘s obituary.

The news from Tufts Daily.

The New York Times obit.

An appreciation in The New Yorker.

A thoughtful post at Best American Poetry.


In Chicago, Franklin Rosemont, the legendary surrealist poet and labor historian, died of an apparent stroke or aneurysm.  Rosemont–founder of the Chicago Surrealist Group, de-facto editor of Charles H. Kerr publishing house, and author of Lamps Hurled at the Stunning Algebra of Ants, among other collections–was 66.

The Chicago Tribune ran this appreciation Wednesday.

An obit from CounterPunch.

The Socialist Worker weighs in.

An appreciation from Samizdat Blog.

From the Anarchist News.

Comments (4)

  • On April 20, 2009 at 12:30 am Allan Peterson wrote:

    Correction: Deborah’s book was Rough Music

  • On April 20, 2009 at 11:28 am Travis Nichols wrote:

    Thanks, Allan. It’s fixed.

  • On April 20, 2009 at 7:30 pm Minor Morgan wrote:

    Thanks for the links. The thread on The Best American Poetry is interesting. MM

  • On April 21, 2009 at 1:29 am Fred Sasaki wrote:

    Franklin Rosemont’s last public appearance, at Mess Hall in Chicago on April 4, 2009: http://marcmoscato.com/in-memoriam-franklin-rosemont-1943-2009/

Posted in Poetry News on Friday, April 17th, 2009 by Travis Nichols.