VERY SAD NEWS

Re: VERY SAD NEWS

Postby Elphin » Fri Jan 09, 2009 9:58 am

I cant believe just how rocked I am by that news.

It was his encouragement of my first tentative steps on the forum that gave me the courage to post more. In recent months he has built quite a portfolio of musings on death - I need to reread these now.

He will be sorely missed.

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Re: VERY SAD NEWS

Postby Nicola » Fri Jan 09, 2009 10:16 am

Elphin wrote:I cant believe just how rocked I am by that news.

He will be sorely missed.

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Re: VERY SAD NEWS

Postby twoleftfeet » Fri Jan 09, 2009 4:47 pm

I feel privileged that our paths crossed, however briefly.

Not only was he a splendid poet and hard-working Mod respected by all, he was a great bloke - end of.

Barrie, you leave a void that no one can ever fill.
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Re: VERY SAD NEWS

Postby John G » Fri Jan 09, 2009 6:28 pm

I can only repeat what has been said here already.

It's a sad loss.
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Re: VERY SAD NEWS

Postby arunansu » Sat Jan 10, 2009 2:50 pm

This is just shocking. I find no words to express my sadness. I have been here for a couple of years, and he helped me a lot to learn. I do not know him in person, but I didn't know that he was ill.
May his soul rest in peace. Won't forget you, Barry.
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Re: VERY SAD NEWS

Postby pseud » Sun Jan 11, 2009 9:25 am

can only repeat what others have said, this makes me very sad.

Both of the poems Kim and Camus posted stuck in my mind from the day he posted them.
"Don't treat your common sense like an umbrella. When you come into a room to philosophize, don't leave it outside, but bring it in with you." Wittgenstein
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Re: VERY SAD NEWS

Postby kozmikdave » Sun Jan 11, 2009 7:46 pm

Gidday

Been stuck hre in London without the internet (mostly) but I heard the sad news from Geoff. A great loss to all who have had the privilege of communicating with. He was intelligent, knowledgeable, gentle, funny and generous (lots more accolades from me). All I can do is echo the sentiments of all before me - central to PG and although I never met him face to face, he always felt like a friend. My thoughts to his family.

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Re: VERY SAD NEWS

Postby sneaker » Tue Jan 13, 2009 2:42 pm

Barrie always told it how it was, but was also kind & generous with his time & advice. He's going to be missed by everyone who's been a part of this forum both new & old.
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Re: VERY SAD NEWS

Postby Sulpicia » Wed Jan 14, 2009 11:29 pm

First time I've dropped by for a while: I wish I'd had more time to appreciate and enjoy Barrie's poems and comments.
He made me smile and laugh out loud so many times, and I'd only been around for a few months.
Very sad.
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Re: VERY SAD NEWS

Postby PhilipCFJohnson » Thu Jan 15, 2009 9:16 am

I was so shocked to hear. This is just terrible news. My deepest condolences to Barrie's family at this time. I only wish I could have known him better. It's so very sad

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Re: VERY SAD NEWS

Postby oranggunung » Thu Jan 15, 2009 11:22 am

Cam and Nicki

I hope it is possible to relay to Barrie’s wife how important a part Barrie was in the development of so many budding poets, both in the sharing of his work and the criticism of theirs.

The messages left here surely serve as a testament to the great affection and respect the members of this site accorded him.

I’m greatly saddened by the news, and I didn’t really know him at all. I can’t imagine how those closer to him must be feeling now.


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Re: VERY SAD NEWS

Postby Lia » Sat Jan 17, 2009 12:56 am

I'm stunned. really I am. a wonderful and terrific man.. I hadn't heard from him for a little while. well I'm not sure what to say now to wish him on his way. I wish I had thanked him better though for all his chats, support and wisdom and above all his poems. He will be terribly missed

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Re: VERY SAD NEWS

Postby Merlin » Sat Jan 17, 2009 4:05 am

A great man and a great poet - fucking gutted... :(

A gentleman genius is dead :(
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Re: VERY SAD NEWS

Postby beautifulloser » Sat Jan 17, 2009 5:06 pm

Completely choked . . . .

I can only echo all the kind words that have been said already about the guy, his intelligence and knowledge and energy he poured into the forum and the many individuals he formed a relationship with. He helped me massively over the year or so I've been posting regularly both with crits and badgering on PMs when I disappeared or hadn't read a book that I should have. Witty, a gifted poet and brilliant lad. I'll miss him.

Who's getting the drinks in, then . . . . ?

JUST MAKE SURE

I must insist no prayers
are read
when I am dead (or just before),
and what's more, I ask you, please,
don't dress in black,
wear a death mask,
or hold back. Just have a drink,
enjoy the crack. Be wary of
persistent priests
with rumours that I
rest in peace. Don't talk of any good I did,
stand your beer
on my coffin lid - remember
I could be a twat - so don't forget
to mention that.
Play my music
good and loud, dress me
in a hippy shroud, and when they feed me
to the ground, make sure that there's
no scratching sound.
I'm sick of it, sick of it all. I know I'm right and I don't give a shit!
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Re: VERY SAD NEWS

Postby emuse » Mon Jan 19, 2009 10:33 pm

Oh God, Beautiful Loser that's the perfect poem.

I can't believe all the foreshadowing and how when I read his poems on the subject I saw his departure a long way off.

He certainly wouldn't want us to be maudelin.

I always knew where I stood with him and that's the best you can get from any poet or person. I will miss his humor and intellect. We never know how quickly someone we care for will go. Thank you Barrie for everything you gave me and for the gift of your words you left behind.

Love,
e
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Re: VERY SAD NEWS

Postby TDF » Wed Feb 18, 2009 11:07 pm

My first visit here in months and what a terrible thing to come back to. barrie was one of those names I'd see in every thread. His time and dedication to the forum was awsomely admirable, a real keystone.... plus, you know, he was just a decent and honest chap and the world needs more of those.

For what it's worth (from this meagre part-time poet and terrible speller), I will add my sincere condolences to his family and close friends in rl and here on the forum. He truly has made my time here so much fuller and richer. One of the people who truly made me want to keep coming back.

I'm sure the most fitting tribute I, or indeed anyone here can do, is to keep writing. Not poem's for him per se, but certainly poems because of him. Just word play and lyrical exploration, because that's what he seemed to enjoy so much.

So I raise a glass to you barrie, mate. Safe travels.
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