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"Poets," wrote Percy Bysshe Shelley, "are the unacknowledged legislators of the world." We turn to them to express what is best in us, to give us words during weddings, funerals, and all the important occasions that shape our lives. This memorial site was created to honor and remember poets whose words continue to inspire, and whose legacies live on in their poetry.
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12/19/1990 - 8/23/2016

Remembering the life, death and legacy of poet Max Ritvo

Max Ritvo, a poet who wrote about his experience with cancer, died Aug. 23, 2016, according to The Associated Press. He was 25. Ritvo had been diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma at the age of 16. The rare form of cancer affects bones and soft tissue, most frequently in teenagers and young adults. His mother, Ariella Ritvo-Slifka, told The Associated Press Friday that her son had died earlier in the week at his home in Los Angeles. Ritvo was born Dec. 19, 1990, in Los Angeles. His...
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