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Sorting through a pile of books I had in storage, I came across one I really enjoyed: A Serial Biography (1977) by Tom Raworth.  ‘Is he alive?’ a proper DLer immediately wondered.

In fact he isn’t.  Sadly overlooked by everyone, in particular our entire U.K. membership, Raworth died of cancer 8 Feb 2017.  
So this is better late than never.

As per Wiki, Raworth was an English-Irish poet, publisher, editor, and teacher who published over 40 books of poetry and prose during his life. Raworth was a key figure in the British Poetry Revival.
 

I can’t speak to his oeuvre, but I recommend the aforementioned short novel (see photo)

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Ruth Weiss has died at 92.For anyone into poetry you will know what a massive loss this is. https://datebook.sfchronicle.com/art-exhibits/ruth-weiss-poet-known-as-the-mother-of-the-beats-dies-at-92

 

PS you will only be able to access that website if you live in the USA or have a VPN set to connect to  an american server. 

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British poet and author Anne Stevenson who was the 2007 recipient of the Lannan Lifetime Achievement Award, died at age 87:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/2020/09/14/anne-stevenson-poet-critic-whose-study-sylvia-plath-left-fans/

Her numerous poetry collections include Minute by Glass Minute, Travelling Behind Glass, and A Report from the Border.

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Derek Mahon, notable for his Irish Times Poetry Now Award-winning collections Harbour Lights (2005) and Life on Earth (2008), died aged 78. Mahon was also recognized for his translations of the work of Moliere and Sophocles:

https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/derek-mahon-one-of-ireland-s-leading-poets-has-died-aged-78-1.4370324

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Naomi Long Madgett (wiki), the "Godmother of African-American poetry", dead at 97.

First poem was published when she was just 13.

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Poet and author Mourid Barghouti, who received the 2000 Palestine Award for Poetry and had his work translated into English and Spanish died at 76 years:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContentP/18/404049/Books/Palestinian-poet-Mourid-Barghouti-dies-at-the-age-.aspx

His literary works include I Was Born There, I Was Born Here; I Saw Ramallah; A Small Sun, and Midnight and Other Poems.

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Lawrence Ferlinghetti dead at 101.

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17 minutes ago, harrymcnallysblueandwhitearmy said:

But who's the best dead-today-at-101 poet?

 

Fight! Fight!! FIGHT!!!

Bonnet's wiki page was created after his death, so he was quite a nobody. I'd say there is no fight with Larry.

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34 minutes ago, Slackhurst Broadcasting said:

Ferlinghetti must have been one of the last survivors of the Beat Generation?


Probably the second last big name of that group. Gary Snyder is not only the oldest now, turning 91 this year, but also the last prominent one. He was a favourite of Ferlinghetti himself.

Wiki lists 92 individuals between its categories "Beat Generation writers" and "Beat Generation poets". Of them 14 are still alive. However, maybe half of those are more so "associates" of the core Beat Generation so depends how you define it I guess.

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Polish poet, author, and recipient of the Neustadt International Prize for Literature, Adam Zagajewski, died at 76 years:

https://krakow.wyborcza.pl/krakow/7,44425,26905429,zmarl-wybitny-poeta-i-eseista-adam-zagajewski.html?disableRedirects=true

Many of his poetry collections, including Canvas, Tremor, and Unseen Hand, were translated into English.

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Uzbek writer of children's stories Xudoyberdi To'xtaboyev has died aged 88. He was known for stories such as Riding a Yellow Giant (1969), Death of a Yellow Giant (1973) and The Golden Head of the Avenger.

He was named the National Writer of Uzbekistan when the country gained independence in 1991.

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On 22/03/2021 at 12:54, arghton said:

https://uznews.uz/ru/article/29874/

Uzbek writer of children's stories Xudoyberdi To'xtaboyev has died aged 88. He was known for stories such as Riding a Yellow Giant (1969), Death of a Yellow Giant (1973) and The Golden Head of the Avenger.

He was named the National Writer of Uzbekistan when the country gained independence in 1991.

And now Qabdesh Zhumadilov, the natinonal writer of Kazakhstan is dead too:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qabdesh_Zhumadilov

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Some good potential for the Scrabble thread in the posts above, however none of the deceased poets make the final cut.

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