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Well, the day arrived and it actually happened. For those of you who don't know Huff (Albert Huffstickler), it may seem hardly imaginable or, worse, a local recognition of a minor talent. A city proclamation for a small press poet 11 years after his passing?
On receiving the proclamation via email, I wrote the following to the folks in Austin who made this happen.
Elzy Cogswell, of the Austin Poetry Society, informed me that if someone else didn't get to it before him, he would be reading it among the other tributes to Huff.
Lovely - I'm misting up, and so very proud of Huff and his accomplishment.
As you all know, whether with words or his simple presence, the most important thing he accomplished is Huff touched the hearts of those he met and those who read his work very deeply, indeed.
There is no greater accomplishment for a poet, none, and no greater accomplishment for a human being.
I do not say this lightly - in his compassion and caring for the suffering and joy of others, Huff was something of an American Bodhisattva.
At least that's the way I will always think of him.
And, of course, as a great poet.
Thanks so much to all of you for your dedication and resolve and obvious returning of love back to its source.
Lilliput Review has had quite a few accomplishments over the years. Being listed on this proclamation I will always cherish as the greatest.
In loving memory of Albert Huffstickler and Susie Bowers.
translated by David G. Lanoue