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White roses

Maxine Tynes, only 62, passed away earlier this week. I knew I had published a piece about her here but because I’ve been very neglectful of my website recently, I didn’t realize how long ago it was.

And I didn’t realize it was the very last thing I’d posted here — for African History Month.

I interviewed Maxine several times, once for a cover story in Atlantic Insight. She was a wonderful interview, an expressive and exuberant personality — always quotable — and she was a powerful and imaginative and compelling poet.

Several of her wonderful books of poetry were launched at Red Herring, the much-missed co-operative bookstore in downtown Halifax.

The piece I published in February is right here. I’m going to read it again. I hope you do too.

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