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February 1, 2010
My condolences to the Brutus family. Mr. Brutus was a fine and well-respected professor, but I knew him through his many meetings that I attended at the University of Pittsburgh. I was struck by how exceptionally organized he was. He ran extremely fine-tuned meetings. This is a lost art! Obviously too, we at Pitt miss his beautiful poetry. Again, my condolences.
January 7, 2010
PASSING OF A GREAT HEART

for

Dennis Vincent Brutus
1924-2009

We’ve come through a year, a year
Unimaginable, hanging heavy like
Summer grapes on the gut
Witnesses to a mass exodus of Great Hearts:
Leaders, movers, rockers, shapers of our Age
We re-enter our time

In the green family garden with dogs & children,
Indigenous floras burgeoning into a vegetal tapestry,
Giant strelitzias, birds-of-paradise
Soaring skyward like arrows
We toasted your four score and fifth year

With the summer breeze spiced lemony geranium,
Perched on your mobile throne
Poet – warrior – king
Cradled against the softness of skins
Body failing, voice faltering,
A spirit alight with undying fight
We wished you–

“You’re here,” you said,
Eyes fiery yet faraway
I gently took your hand
Your pain pulsing in the palm of my hand

At high school in the post-Sharpeville ‘70s
Nortje’s world and “Dead Roots” made me
Discover you and Langston Hughes.
“Letters to Martha and “A Simple Lust” ripped off
The cataracts veiling my vision–
Iconoclast, exiled mentor, you
Blasted a whole generation of youth
Out of slumber into action
Our poems, the fire and ice of your influence

Tireless troubadour of truth, hope and justice
Our skies, air, atmosphere, our strip-mined
Wildernesses, Eagles, rivers, seas, estuaries, fish,
Whales, bears, honey bees and the burnt
Little ones languishing in sweatshops and wars, the
Leached labourers of the world, refugees,
Prisoners and torn souls ensnared in
Concentration camps still dotting our planet
Call out your name; drum your praises into the wind

Dennis, amidst banners and loudhailers,
Vitriolic poet-campaigner, fearless eco-warrior,
You strode the struggle-rent perimeters of the globe
From Josie to Mozambique, Robben Island to London,
Sweden to Dakar, Caracas to Cuba, Cairo to Iraq,
Seattle to Switzerland, Mexico to Madrid,
Rotterdam to Nigeria, Paris to Palestine,
Germany to Zimbabwe, Algeria to Afghanistan
And across your wintering hours
Your spirit ached to soar to Copenhagen;
To Seattle Copenhagen, menace the oil Moghals,
Demand the survival of our people, forests,
Mountains, waterways, dwindling birds and animals,
Demand the survival of our planet as we know it.

Deela Khan
5 January 2009
January 7, 2010
You were my mentor for years. You expanded my view of struggle from local to regional to international. You connected me to the world in ways that I will never forget. I owe you so much. There is so much I can say with respect to your impact on me. I will forever be grateful.
January 4, 2010
I borrow from Auden on Yeats (as Dennis told me he once met Auden):

Earth has received an honored guest;
Dennis Brutus is laid to rest.
Let the African poetic memory lie;
Robbed of this great voice in a sigh.

A bulwark against injustice;
This prophet against apartheid and other inhuman travesties.
We admired you for your honesty.
Forever you will stand out in the conscience registry.

We will miss you, brother,
See you up in heaven's ladder.
Tijan M. Sallah, Potomac, MD
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