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QOTD – April 18 – The Death of Those Who Inspire

The death of Gabriel Garcia Marquez weighed heavily on my heart yesterday. As someone who taught me to see the unreal as simply reality, and who obviously cared so much about his characters, and his audience, he played an important part, when I was younger, in my burgeoning love for literature. Over the years, there have been a few authors whose deaths have taken quite the toll on me: Salinger, Sendak, Silverstein, and now Marquez. They were all men for whom I had immense respect, and who I felt played a roll in my upbringing.

For me, when a hero dies, I reflect, I write, I read their words, listen to their music, watch their films, and make sure that I pass their work to the next generation.

When someone in the literary, or music, or movie, or theater world passes away, and they’ve left their mark on your soul, how do you deal with their passing?

About Christopher Margolin

Chris Margolin spent more than a decade in Education as a high school English teacher, and is now an Instructional Coach for the Longview School District. He is also the founder of The Poetry Question, an online journal which focuses on reviews of small press poetry publications, and runs a regular series called "The Power of Poetry," where notable poets share their personal stories of how poetry has affected their lives. Margolin resides in Vancouver, Washington with his wife, and daughter.

One comment on “QOTD – April 18 – The Death of Those Who Inspire

  1. Robert Long
    April 18, 2014

    I haven’t experienced the deaths of many favorite people in my life, but I think I would react in a pretty similar way. They left this Earth, their job done, and now we decide what to do with the products of that job. Works that they spent months or years making took a lot if time and effort on their part. If I were to write a book that took me three years to write, I would want people to read it after I’m dead. It took me three years to write it, and I die the day it shows up at Barnes and Noble’s, I would want readers to go “this guy wrote this amazing book on ”

    In short, artists that spend a lot of time, and have gone through some pretty crazy stuff, like Salinger, to produce the work that we love, should not be forgotten simply because they’re buried under six feet of dirt somewhere.

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