Cortland Review Tribute to Kurt Brown

From the Editor's Note in the Spring 2014 issue of The Cortland Review

It is with enormous heart that The Cortland Review celebrates National Poetry Month and the life and work of Kurt Brown, whom we all miss, the beautiful posthumously-published I've Come This Far To Say Hello: Poems Selected and New, and the friends who made that volume possible. Kurt, it turns out, was everybody's friend. Endearing, warm, funny, charming, curious, empathetic, imaginative, big-hearted, and compassionate are just a few of the adjectives in the letters from his friends, the contributors to this feature: Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Lee Briccetti, Wyn Cooper, Stephen Dunn, Richard Garcia, Janlori Goldman, Andrey Gritsman, Kamiko Hahn, Steve Huff, Meg Kearney, Eugenia Leigh, Thomas Lux, Laura McCullough, Christopher Merrill, Kamilah Aisha Moon, Martha Rhodes, David Rothman, Harold Schechter, Charles Simic, Tree Swenson, Charles Harper Webb and Marty Williams. Each one of them has offered us a favorite Kurt Brown poem with a personal note about their choice. We accompany the poems with a slideshow reminiscent of Kurt's life--a favorite song of his running alongside--excerpts from his "Notebook," and an essay "Kurt Brown: An Appreciation," by David Rigsbee. 

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