I am among the hopeless and deluded dreamers David Clewell believed in, and so I choose to believe that there is a starship in the sky that touches down and takes away great poets who were perhaps not as widely celebrated on Earth as their work deserved.
Chris King is a creative artist, arts organizer, journalist and educator based in St. Louis. He co-founded the arts collective Poetry Scores, which produced a musical score to Jack Ruby’s America by David Clewell. His band Eleanor Roosevelt’s records Water, Bread & Beer, Crumbling in the Rain, and Walker with His Head Down are available wherever music is streamed or downloaded. He serves as managing editor of The St. Louis American and as a lecturer in the Citizen Scientist cluster of the College Writing Program at Washington University in St. Louis.
Posts by Chris King
The story of Delyte Morris and the Southern Illinois University he created is what Robert A. Harper calls “a story of unlikely success and a tragic end.” It does read like an American tragedy, somehow, based in a rustic start, ambition, ingenuity, and the fallibility of good intentions.