This issue is dedicated in memory of
Daniel Rodman Walker
TCR staff member and poet
"Pine Trees" by
It is with great regret and a heavy heart that I write this editor's note. Daniel Rodman Walker,
43, beloved staff member and poet, has passed
away after a long battle with kidney disease. He leaves
behind his wife, Doreen, and ten-year-old daughter, Maeve.
Daniel was a contributing editor who spent most of his time reading submissions.
Although he was only with us for a short time, he loved what he did and took an
immeasurable pride in it. He quickly earned our respect with his tough, honest
criticism. Ironically, many of the poets selected to appear in this issue were
originally earmarked by Daniel. For this reason, it seems fitting that we dedicate Issue 18 in
We often take for granted the ordinary and routine in our daily lives—that
which for Daniel was fraught with struggle. Yet with everything stacked
against him, it is remarkable how determined he was. He always
managed to keep his
chin up, and in May of 2000, despite a grueling treatment schedule, he successfully completed his
MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College.
Daniel's love of life shone through in the letters he wrote, which always
ended with a warm remark or a blessing for health and happiness. One letter in
particular sticks in my mind... and that is what will remain with me. Especially now,
in light of recent world events, his words just seem to put everything into perspective:
hope you enjoy this evening's sunset, should
be a beautiful one.