|New Civilization News: John Tagliabue: Last Words|
Category: Ideas, Creativity
18 comments3 Jun 2006 @ 22:58 by Quinty @188.8.131.52 : Another final departure
"You can, you do...prepare---sometimes for years---for the last word, the final departure...of a friend, a loved one. But we're never really ready when it comes. Still the shock. The welling up, unexpected sobbing. Breaking down...alone or with a comforting hand upon one's shoulder. It cannot be contained. The grief. "
And that's poetry too. But what can one say when a good friend goes that way? It reminds us that we are all basically on the same journey. And in that thought we know how both alike and unique we are, each of us. Grief has its positive aspects, since it always takes us back to the basics.
Anyway, I'm getting long winded. I didn't know this poet. He left his work: the only thing that matters for any artist.
Take care, Paul
3 Jun 2006 @ 23:50 by hgoodgame : A sensitive and moving tribute..
Though I did not know the man, I can feel his essence thru his poetry.
'we fortunate to have loved and loved and loved'
Thank you for sharing this last bit of your connection to another spectacular human being.
4 Jun 2006 @ 07:35 by jstarrs : Thanks for sharing, Jazz...
..I've lost some family members & good friends over recent years and these moments, when Death comes to humble us, are, as you say, always the most difficult things we have to handle.
I've come to respect enormously, the lesson that Death gives us, each time, about impermance & change that are constantly with us.
5 Jun 2006 @ 00:57 by jazzolog : Thank You Friends
In a way, the diversion of a previously scheduled intensive with Democracy For America training at Ohio State eased the pain of this loss. I appreciate the comments now upon return from Columbus.
5 Jun 2006 @ 10:34 by dempstress : I'm sorry
that you have lost a dear friend, but glad that you both had that friendship. The man has moved on but the friendship will always be there.
5 Jun 2006 @ 14:46 by jobrown : Dear Jazzo,
Remember Dr Zchivago-Movie and the Theme-song there? One of the most powerful Love songs in the world ( in my opinion ) : "Somehwere my Love ( or let's say 'Friend')
I know we'll meet again" etc. Let that thought comfort you as Life is ever more Mysterious than any of us can even dream up in our wildest Dreams! You'll meet your friend again one day, and you will both be alive, more alive than ever before - in a much lighter density than todays Earth density!/Hugs/A-d
10 Jun 2006 @ 16:45 by jerryvest : I loved John's poems....
thanks for sharing these beautiful closing and loving moments with us. It's pretty nice to have a loving friend with a golden heart and spirit. I'm sure he will be with you forever. Jerry
11 Jun 2006 @ 10:03 by starborn33 : thank
Thank you for sharing your feelings and the poems of this wonderful soul.I'm sure his spirit will be with you just in an instant moment, when you think of him,no more then one breath away.
Life is so precious ,because it can easily slip away.This reminds us to appreciate it day by day.
12 Jun 2006 @ 08:16 by jazzolog : The Mario Puppet Plays
In my writing about John, I don't think I've ever mentioned this collection of plays that generations of students may consider his masterpiece. Never published or performed professionally (that I heard about) they were written in the early '50s in Florence, once or twice performed by students in Maine with puppets created by John's wife, Grace, and rarely read live for audiences down through the years. I once participated in a reading, playing Mario, at the Chelsea Hotel in New York, back in the late '60s I think it was. Mostly word of the plays has been passed down by Tagliabue's students at Bates, but except for the first time in 1957 never at John's initiation.
The student who was asked by John to play Mario way back then is Paul Hoffman, who now lives outside Chicago. He recently has assembled an edition of the plays, with preface and introduction by John. In the 12 plays we meet the vast array of characters involved in Mario's epic quest for his lost love, the Princess Carlotta: Professor Saltincelli, Scanizzi, Pescatore Puzzolo, Crazy Jane, Bozo, and of course the immense Green Queen, who was most delightfully played by John himself. He guarded the plays like his own children and only in his last years allowed some of us to attempt to get them performed. I don't know when the last time was you went looking for a professional puppet troupe---with enough money to pay royalties for material---but I'm here to tell you they're few and far between.
On July 1st, which is John's birthday, his widow Grace, and their 2 daughters, have arranged a setting in Providence, Rhode Island, for all of us to come together to remember John with poetry and song. Somehow she has organized his address book enough to send out invitations all over the world...and I imagine word is spreading in other ways too. If you know someone with one---like me---and you want to come, I'm sure something can be arranged. What I'm doing, behind the scenes, is working with 3 other guys, none of whom ever has met each other, to mount at least one of the plays---or part of one---for some kind of presentation at the memorial. I think it will be a nice contrast to the readings of many poems that people will want to do. I'll let you know how it comes along.
12 Jun 2006 @ 10:44 by swanny : Art Activism
I'd have to agree with your departed friend
My sympathies to all...
Art is of no importance yet
It is of all importance.
I suppose for these last 20 or 30 years
I have been amoung some of these "art activists"
and we often wonder I suppose if our life's work
has been of importance or made a difference.
It doesn't bring in the money unless ones decides to prostitute it
sorry don't want to sully the thread.... unless one decides to simply
entertain... but no ... As your friends work suggest art in the
true sense as such is
more a prayer of sorts and do prayers work.....
well .... sometimes and sometimes not during ones lifetime, sadly.
Sympathies to all art activists
17 Jun 2006 @ 04:31 by judih : much appreciation
A great voice, a rational voice, a non-death voice
a voice of life - an observer of banal, ludicrous, joyous
and i appreciate hearing this voice.
it sometimes takes death to rekindle life within those who go on
17 Jun 2006 @ 09:23 by jazzolog : Missing Judih
I feel so much admiring
for your inspiring
that I must express how much I wish
you could be with us in Providence
for this memorial thing.
The more I learn of it and who's coming
the greater it is looking to be.
O good golly, if you have some air miles or something
now's the time!
17 Jun 2006 @ 10:25 by judih : i'd love to be there
shout a hidden part for me
i'm heading states-side but only towards the 26th.
i'll be landing in NY, heading towards connecticut and maybe somehow trip up to toronto.
your voice will be richer for the giving. Give it all, Richard! The audience will hear your fervour.
28 Jun 2006 @ 01:41 by John Holt @184.108.40.206 : J.A.T., 1923-2006
Thanks, Dick, for articulating so well what those of us who knew and loved John must be feeling. He was the Sage of Lewiston and the ball of light that woke us up and helped us see the 'sticky little leaves' as they emerged in the spring from their tight buds. He was the Buddha Uproar at dawn on Mt. David, masked dancer, Dionysian spirit, Vishnu by the Androscoggin. You seem to have been the Student who was ready for the Master to arrive. In the years since graduation, whenever he wrote to me, I always felt honored but a bit unworthy; for he was a Sage, and we were damned lucky to have had the opportunity to know him. Anyway, if I can help out on the Mario plays, let me know. I'm planning to come on July 1. Hope to see you.
Dr. John R. Holt is Chair of Department of English & Foreign Languages at Centenary College in New Jersey. It will have been about 40 years, I think, since we've seen each other when we all get together in Providence this Saturday. Another bit of grace from the Internet.
10 Jul 2006 @ 17:47 by Diane Davies @220.127.116.11 : John Tagliabue
I too was deeply affected by John Tagliabue's death. We had been writing to one another since I graduated from Bates back in 1978, and I remember the last time we visited him and Grace in Providence how pleased he was that Garrison Keillor had read some of his poetry over the radio, and played a recording of the broadcast for us. That was about 9 or 10 years ago. Here in England there is a radio programme on radio 4 called "Poetry Please!" which takes requests via email. I have been trying for some time now to get "under the brim of my shaking straw hat" read on the air; or indeed of any of John's poems. As I believe there is strength in numbers, perhaps fellow friends and fans of his poetry can email their requests to: . If they are inundated with enough requests, perhaps they can be moved to read out some of his poetry over here. I had hoped that this would be possible while he was still alive; in fact I told him about my efforts to get him read on the air over here in my last letter to him shortly before he died, but it wasn't to be. Still, the world needs to hear more of his work. Those of us who knew and loved him were very lucky indeed. It is shocking, like he used to say the death of Mercutio was shocking, to see so much vitality snuffed out forever. So that he may not wholely die then, do what you can to keep his poetry alive.
25 Jul 2007 @ 12:17 by John Tagliabue @18.104.22.168 : Amazing journey
Wow, What an amazing journey through all of your words about and from John Tagliabue.
My name is also John Tagliabue ( Australia), and I am related to Battista Tagliabue from Como Italy. He came out to Australia in 1873 and the Tagliabue's bred and I am here now typing on this keyboard because of that. I knew nothing of John Tagliabue the poet, until I read his obituary on the blog. My Uncle John Tagliabue here in Australia wrote a book a few years ago. It must run in the blood! I would like to know more of John Tagliabue and his poetry. I have been to Italy, America, England, France, Sweden, Ireland, Malayasia and have seen culture and history from bygone generations that we dont have here in Australia. Our oldest building is 150 years old, not thousands of years old. The Aborigines of Australia lived out in the bush and did not build dwellings that we can look back on like other countries.Their 40,000 year history is in their words, their dreams and their cave paintings. What a magnificent culture. We are out under the Stars at night and the sun in the day. We are surrounded by water and white sands and no pollution (where I am anyway.)
So poetry can be handed down,spread out,delivered,shared,distributed,and perhaps that is a way of keeping tradition. Instead of Buildings we can have words. Funny thing is words do not have borders. Words are something that you live and die with. The minute you are born you are closer to saying your first word. The minute you are born you are closer to saying your last.Death is the great equaliser of life. We all get there 100% guaranteed without doubt without maybes and without any of our things, our stuff, our blongings, our money, our car,our house, our pet.I have enjoyed this journey of poetry. Thanks.
2 Aug 2007 @ 10:08 by jazzolog : I Have To Admit
John's comment here gave me the boost I needed to contact Grace Tagliabue with this news about the clan from Como, and to continue my praise of her inspiration to this fine poet and teacher. I also wrote an update yesterday at jazzoLOG about the Tabliabue legacy.
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