[fotokredit: Alexander Skidan]

So sad, a truely great poet is dead. I was co-organizing his reading in Denmark in June 2008, where Peter Laugesen read him in translation. I should have visited him in Petersborg the year after, I was giving a reading in Finland and wanted to go on, but had problemes with my visa and stayed in Helsinki. We emailed each other, we’ll do it some other time. Now it’s too late. In Danish this translation exists by Jon Kyst; we need more.

Other farewells – here in Russian – and from Jacob Edmond; Charles Bernstein.