I first talked to Fred 3 years ago this month. I last spoke to him Feb. 28. We talked more this last month than in the previous 3 years. I missed the sign.
We talked about doing a Brautigan tribute book. He was going to do all the illustrations and paintings, and he would get some big names to contribute. He told me then he was putting his place on the market and moving home to Mantoon and would come visit me in June. He said it was time. I knew him as a Viet Nam Veteran, biker, poet, writer and a kind and gentle soul– but most of all a friend. And those are hard to come by. The pain is gone big man, rest easy.
Below and in the sidebar: the words of fn wright