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Hello Travis. I recognize that this might be my last blog. I want to use it, if you would please, transcribe it as such to say thank you. Thank you to you, Travis, for your kindness and your well your graciousness in hosting me at this blog site, which I've never done before, and I want to thank all of the fellow bloggers that have been on there with me. I want to thank Sina, I want to thank Bhanu, I want to thank Thom, and the other fellows that have been on this blog site. It's been a pleasure being associated with you all. I've received your books. I want to say that I support you all in your creative drive, in your creative lives. May you have long lives, and may you have joyousness in those lives. I want to quote something from one of my spiritual mentors, you may have heard of him, the great Russian poet Boris Pasternak, who is the author incidentally of Dr. Zhivago. He said in an interview, which is one of my bywords, and I quote it all the time when I'm making appearances, "We are life's guests." And I recognize that with all of you. I send you all love, peace, and good tidings. Thank you for sharing this time with me. Thank you for your comments and your care. And maybe we will meet again. This is Sotère. I say to you as we say in French, à bientôt, au revoir. Be well. Bye bye.

Originally Published: April 13th, 2010

Sotère Torregian is an American poet, born in Newark, New Jersey on June 25, 1941. He attended Rutgers University, and taught briefly at the Free University of New York and Stanford University, where he helped establish the Afro-American studies program in 1969. In the mid-1960s he was associated with the...