When a poet goes missing does anyone hear? Yes.

May 11, 2009

This weekend, the Los Angeles Times reported that award-winning poet Craig Arnold, who went missing in Japan in late April, is presumed to have died after a fall.

The American search team, established by his employer, the University of Wyoming after the official Japanese search was ended, tracked Arnold to the edge of “a high and dangerous cliff, and there is virtually no possibility he could have survived the fall,” according to a release quote in the Times.

According to the report, Arnold was fascinated with volcanoes and had traveled to Kuchinoerabu-jima, a tiny Japanese island, to visit the volcano there and was in Japan on a creative exchange fellowship and was blogging about his trip: Volcano Pilgrim.

Reports of his missing buzzed through Twitter a couple of weeks ago after he failed to report after his trip to the volcano.

Very sad news, indeed.

Here is a link to Craig Arnold’s page on the Poetry Foundation web site, which includes several of his poems.

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