UPDATE: Almost as quickly as the fund was created, Nicolette informed the community that a donor stepped forward to take care of the costs associated with Walter’s memorial.
Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rage at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
If Walter Bjorkman raged, in keeping with Thomas’ entreaty, it was with the quiet dignity that graced all our interactions with him. Today I grieve the hole his death has punched into the heart of the independent literary community, but I grieve mostly for those who were his family and closest friends. In my limited communication with him, by email and in online spaces (and as a reader of his poetry and flash fiction), Walter conducted himself with gentleness. I know for a fact he was gentle, because communicating with such a master of his particular brand of craft can only be a revelation of true self. Go gentle, sir. I know you couldn’t have done anything but.
Nicolette Wong has set up a memorial fund for her beloved colleague at A-Minor Magazine/Press to help his family cope with their currently untenable financial situation. He was ill and penniless, and with the cost of the medical bills and now the unthinkable – well it’s a lot to bear without help.