Karl Wendt of Halifax, Nova Scotia, author of the first full-length book, Chaste Wood published by Broken Jaw Press in 1989, died unexpectedly on 22 August 2010. Karl had been born in East Prussia in 1944, during WWII, and came to Canada with his family in 1951. Karl was an active member of the BS Poetry Socity and the Halifax arts and literary community. For many years he ran his home as an incredible bohemian rooming house filled with tomato plants, books, music, a steady supply of coffee, and conversation to keep you going for hours and hours.
A special tribute for Karl was held on 11 September 2010 at The Old Triangle with family and friends sharing memories, his poetry, and the work of friends. I wish I could have been there but I only found out about it the evening before the gathering. I sent words, best wishes, and a poem of mine from Cover Makes a Set that Dina Desveaux asked to read.