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Remember Daniel Thompson

When: Sat., April 30 2011

Cleveland poet laureate Daniel Thompson, who succumbed to cancer seven years ago at age 69, was widely known for his dynamic personality, his compassionate writing, and for putting his social-justice beliefs into action. Now Thompson's work has been compiled in The Big Book of Daniel: Collected Poems of Daniel Thompson, which has just come out on Huron-based Bottom Dog press. It was edited by Maj Ragain, a Kent poet and close friend of Thompson's. "Daniel was such a vivid and public personality, and he filled up whatever room he was in," says Ragain. "Now all we have is the page, not the poet. I think the time is ripe for him to be rediscovered as the fine poet he was. He was a street poet, but he cut his teeth on William Butler Yeats and Dylan Thomas. A lot of those deep, lyrical resonances you hear in Daniel's work — those come from real deep sources and traditions." You can help celebrate Thompson tonight at 7 p.m. at the Lakewood Public Library. The free event will include readings, anecdotes from those who knew him best, and a five-minute clip from Thompson's last library performance just weeks before his death. The Lakewood Public Library is at 15425 Detroit Ave. For more information, call 216-226-8275 or visit — Anastasia Pantsios

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