New York, Oct 25 (AP/UNB) — Tony Hoagland, a prize-winning poet admired for his candor and sharp, off-beat humor, has died at age 64.
Jeff Shotts, executive editor of Graywolf Press, told The Associated Press that Hoagland died Tuesday at his home in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The cause was pancreatic cancer.
A native of Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Hoagland published several works of poetry and essays about poetry. The titles helped sum up his take on life: "Unincorporated Persons in the Late Honda Dynasty," ''Application for Release from the Dream" and "Priest Turned Therapist Treats Fear of God," which came out in June. Three of his books had been released since 2015.
"It was a long battle with cancer, and he cheated it a couple of times," Shotts said. "He was very productive near the end and I think the work helped keep him alive."
His style could be off-hand and unpredictable. In the poem "A Color in the Sky," his thoughts wander from love and sex to a dogwood tree between a police station and liquor store that is "losing its mind."
Hoagland was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award for his 2003 collection "What Narcissism Means to Me," and his other honors included the Jackson Prize, given to poets of "exceptional talent" who deserve greater attention. Prize judges called him a "poet of risk."
"He risks wild laughter in poems that are totally heartfelt," the citation read, "poems you want to read out loud to anyone who needs to know the score and even more so to those who think they know the score."
Hoagland attended several colleges and received an M.F.A. from the University of Arizona. He taught writing at the University of Houston and at Warren Wilson College outside of Asheville, North Carolina. He is survived by his wife, the writer Kathleen Lee, and a brother, Christopher.
The poet reflected on mortality in the recent poem "I Have Good News," in which he confides his feelings about being sick for "the last time."
"You will begin to see the plants and flowers of your youth,
And they will look as new to you as they did back then?_?
little lavender bouquets arranged in solar systems
delicate beyond your comprehension"
Nuku'alofa, Oct 25 (AP/UNB) — The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived Thursday in the tiny Pacific kingdom of Tonga, where people gathered at the airport to welcome them wearing traditional outfits, playing guitars and singing.
Prince Harry and wife Meghan were greeted by Princess Angelika Latufuipeka. They were later scheduled to meet with Tonga's king and queen and to attend a reception and dinner featuring traditional Tongan entertainment. Meghan stepped off the plane wearing a red dress while Harry wore a light beige suit.
The couple is on the 10th day of a 16-day tour of the South Pacific. They arrived in Tonga from Fiji, where on Thursday morning they unveiled a statue to honor Sgt. Talaiasi Labalaba, a British-Fijian war hero who died at age 30 while fighting insurgents during the 1972 Battle of Mirbat in Oman.
Labalaba helped save other soldiers by single-handedly firing a 25-pound gun that usually took several soldiers to operate, according to the BBC. He continued for more than two hours, even after his jaw was shot off, before he was eventually shot and killed. A member of the elite SAS group, his heroics were not widely known until recently because the British weren't officially involved in the conflict.
On Wednesday, Meghan, who is four months pregnant, was rushed through an indoor market in Fiji where crowds arrived to greet her and gave a speech about attending university.
Harry and Meghan have a relatively light schedule in Tonga before they return to Sydney on Friday night for the final days of the Invictus Games, which Harry founded in 2014. The games give sick and injured military personnel and veterans the opportunity to compete in sports such as wheelchair basketball.
Tonga, home to just 106,000 people, is also known as the friendly islands. It was a British protectorate before gaining independence in 1970 and remains a part of the Commonwealth group of nations.
After Australia, the couple will finish their trip with a four-day visit to New Zealand.
Fiji, Oct 24 (AP/UNB) — The Duchess of Sussex was rushed through her visit to an indoor market in Fiji's capital Wednesday due to concerns about the large crowd that came to greet her in the relatively confined space.
Meghan chatted with one vendor and briefly greeted others at Suva Market, where throngs of people spilled into surrounding streets. She spent only about half of her allocated 15 minutes there as she was whisked through by security personnel in the enclosed and relatively dark market.
Meghan had visited Suva Market to meet some of the female vendors who have been involved in the U.N. Women's project "Markets for Change." Vendors were selling watermelons, pineapples and other fruit at the market, as well as handicrafts and fans.
A Kensington Palace spokeswoman told The Associated Press that her visit was cut short due to crowd management issues.
Meghan, who is four months pregnant, and husband Prince Harry are on the 9th day of their 16-day tour of the South Pacific. Harry was not scheduled to visit the market, and was instead unveiling a plaque at a forest site home to species such as the Fiji tree frog.
Earlier on Wednesday, Meghan gave a speech at the University of the South Pacific where she talked about the excitement of attending university and the importance of education for women and girls in developing countries.
She said she was only able to attend university thanks to scholarships, financial aid programs and paid work on campus, but that it was, without question, worth the effort.
On Tuesday, the couple attended a state dinner at the Grand Pacific Hotel and Harry said Fiji and Britain shared a love of rugby and a sense of humor.
"This visit is particularly nostalgic for us as a young married couple," Harry said. "My grandparents stayed in this very hotel, the Grand Pacific, a number of times over the years. But this visit is also an opportunity to learn more about the future of Fiji, your economic growth, sustainable tourism development and social enterprises."
The couple is scheduled to visit Tonga on Thursday before returning to Sydney on Friday night for the final days of the Invictus Games, Harry's brainchild and the focus of their tour. The couple will then finish their trip with a four-day visit to New Zealand.
Peru, Oct 24 (AP/UNB) — Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie said Tuesday the exodus of hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans from their country has led to a "shocking" migrant crisis in South America that was "predictable and preventable."
Jolie was ending a three-day visit to Peru as a special envoy for the United Nations refugee agency. During her visit Jolie met Venezuelan refugees who live at a shelter in the capital city and also went to a border crossing in the north of the country.
On Tuesday, Jolie met with Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra to discuss potential solutions to the migrant crisis and ways of securing international support. After the meeting she thanked Peru for taking measures that are helping Venezuelans in that country to get legal status, and urged governments around the world to support procedures that help refugees to apply for asylum.
"None of the Venezuelans I met want charity" Jolie said. "They want an opportunity to help themselves."
More than 1.9 million people have left Venezuela since 2015 according to the United Nations and some 400,000 have moved to Peru. The UNHCR has described it as the largest population movement in Latin America's recent history.
Venezuela's government has denied there is a migrant crisis and said its enemies are playing up the situation in order to justify an invasion of Venezuela.
On Monday, Venezuelan Socialist Party boss Diosdado Cabello mocked Jolie's visit to Peru, writing on Twitter that it was merely a show that "right wing media" are using to distract from a caravan of thousands of Central American migrants heading to the United States.
Dhaka, Oct 20 (UNB) – Since the demise of the Bengali rock music legend Ayub Bachchu, his fans have been sharing numerous messages and pictures, apart from the countless audiovisuals sharing on various social media remembering him.
Currently Ayub Bachchu (#AyubBachchu) is top of by Twitter Trends in Asia region.
This legend of Bangladeshi rock music has been trending near the top position since Thursday
Mourning the rockstar’s death, the US Embassy in Dhaka in a tweet wrote, “We're deeply saddened at the sudden demise of legendary Bangladeshi Pop artist Ayub Bachchu. He was a rock musician and one of the leading guitarists in the country. He was the founding member of the rock band #LRB #RIP.”
Many of his fans and well-wishers posted #RIPAyubBachchu in their social media pages adding his song “Ai Rupali Guitar Feley Ekdin Choley Jabo Durey Bohu Durey” (leaving this silver guitar will go far away). Most of the Tweets have ‘Rest in Peace’ hashtag.
The rock legend and musical band LRB founder died of heart attack in Dhaka on Thursday at the age of 56.
He was laid to rest next to his mother at their family graveyard in the Port City on Saturday.
Indian singer Sahana Bajpaie, who grew up on the singer’s songs, is heartbroken. “I was 12 when I first realised there is a Bengali musician who plays the guitar like Jimi Hendrix. He was one of the pioneers of Bengali rock music. My teenage was inspired by his music. He became a family friend when I was in Bangladesh,” she said.
We're deeply saddened at the sudden demise of legendary Bangladeshi Pop artist Ayub Bachchu. He was a rock musician and one of the leading guitarists in the country. He was the founding member of the rock band #LRB. #RIP— U.S. Embassy Dhaka (@usembassydhaka) October 18, 2018
P.C: @ayubbachchuAB pic.twitter.com/yF0lUCs0gz
According to her, he never lived like a rock star despite his stardom.
“His simplicity was outstanding. His contributions to music will be remembered by generations to come,” she added. Music composer and percussionist Bickram Ghosh reminisced his collaboration with the legendary singer. “His passing is such a shock! So young, too soon to go. He was an iconic artist who ruled the hearts of an entire generation. We had collaborated some years back for a Bangla rock fusion show at the Salt Lake stadium.” Describing him as “down to earth” and “rooted”, Ghosh said.
“Our stage chemistry was palpable and I remember both of us having great fun while performing. I will always hold dear the fond memories of our collaboration and pray to the Almighty to grant peace to his soul. He will be sorely missed by scores of his fans.”
Composer Arindom Chatterjee said, “I have grown up on his songs. Not only did he have an amazing voice, but he also managed to capture the curiosity of an entire generation. It’s a big loss for the music industry.”
Indian Brand consultant Roopsha Ray Dasgupta, who personally knew Bachchu, is struggling to come to terms with the news. “’Sheyi Tumi Keno eto ochena holey’ is not just another song to me. It is a part of my life, my nostalgia. It is the first 'Opaar Bangla' song that left an indelible impression in the mind of a teenager. I would borrow our neighbour’s tape recorder and keep listening to it on holidays. I remember rewinding and playing to write the lyrics in the blood-red diary that I maintained.”