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Reader: Capturing the life of The Poet Spiel

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I have known the The Poet Spiel/Tom Taylor ("Dying of the light," cover, Jan. 16) for the better part of two decades. During that time we have formed a special bond despite being about as fundamentally different as any two people can be. It's a bond formed through a kind of spiritual connection with his written work and, later his art. There is a kind of terrible, brutal beauty to his art and his life, a unique way of seeing, and relating, that few artists even attempt, much less achieve. The Indy article captured that as well as any article could. It is rare to see a piece so honest, so forthright and unsparing, but still sympathetic, to the person being portrayed.

— Alan Catlin, New York poet and editor of misfitmagazine.net

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