Paul Smart at WGXC has written a tribute to Willow poet Janine Pommy Vega, who died last Thursday.
I met Vega just once, almost thirty years ago, when I was a third grader in Mrs. Wells' class at Phoenicia Elementary School. She visited our class to do a poetry workshop with us. Vega brought along a pack of tarot cards -- the Rider-Waite deck -- and had us each pick a card and write a poem about it. I drew the Three of Cups.
Somewhere I still have that poem. I wrote a lot more of them, that year. And I haven't stopped writing since. I'm sure that's not a coincidence.