Gene Warren Doty
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Gene was born in Colorado to Elizabeth and Floyd Doty, and grew up on a farm near Eskridge, Kansas. While attending Emporia State University, he met Rosalee Bazil, whom he married in 1963. In 1967 they moved to Rolla, Missouri, where he began his forty-two year career teaching English, technical writing, and literature at the University of Missouri Rolla. Until 1988 his last name was Warren, taken from his adoptive father George Warren.
Books of poetry authored by Gene include Christographia, Rumors of Light, Geometries of Light, Fishing at Easter, Similitudes, Nose to Nose, and Zero: Thirty Ghazals. Gene explored a variety of poetic forms including haiku, renga, tanka, and ghazals, and contributed numerous poems to various publications. He also published The Ghazal Page online for fifteen years, was faculty advisor for UMR's student literary publication, Southwinds, for nineteen years, and served as chairman of the Missouri S & T Department of English and Technical Communications for seven semesters. In retirement, Gene never stopped reading and learning, a passion that he passed on to his children along with his vital integrity and his deep love for family.
Gene passed away peacefully on January 16, at Barnes-Jewish hospital in St. Louis, due to complications from surgery. He is survived by two brothers, four children, nine grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and his beloved wife and companion of fifty-two years, Rosalee.

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Published in The Rolla Daily News from Jan. 27 to Jan. 28, 2015.
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May 5, 2019
Gene Doty's 'Ghazal Page', a legacy which was carried forward since his death in 2015 by his son, Matt Warren, and editor Holly Jensen is now, sadly, having to close its doors. I offer this small tribute to his work and our friendship over the years and for his many contributions to the project of poetry, through his dedicated work as teacher, poet, editor and lover of poetry.

Gene introduced me to the Middle Eastern form of poetry, the Ghazal in 1998, a year before he founded the Ghazal Page. His project has continued ever since to inform and encourage a generation of American poets to explore the history of the Ghazal and related forms of poetry. That legacy will continue to contribute and ripple outward into the project of poetry for generations to come, even though the project by others to keep the Ghazal Page alive is coming to an end.

Though few residents of Rolla, Mo. may know the term 'Ghazal' or what Gene Doty, one of their own, actually did for the project of poetry, they can certainly take pride that he was one of their leading citizens. There were many places Gene Doty might have chosen to teach, live and raise his family, but he chose the community of Rolla and remained there for almost 50 years. There had to be a good reason for that. This is my small tribute, in Ghazal form, to a friend and mentor,

The Final Ghazal
(a tribute to Gene Doty)

Guzzle up, Gino, last call. Drink up the dregs of that one last sher.
Where the matlaa ends, as it always does, its shadow casts share.

When last we traveled this dark saloon where we left our sins
at the bottom of the glass, the radif repeats its steadfast shers.

Closing time, my friend, Last call! Last call!, the black-eyed gypsy
unveils her song, bahr stretch beyond the note of one long past sher.

There she dances the table tops, her whirling skirts lifted ever higher,
seduced are those who ought leave it alone, qaafiyaa blown in fast shers.

I walk the halls alone, my friend. Gone, gone! the lingering dare
to possess a takhallus, always yours, one that thou hast shared.

Always the thirsty desert that drinks from the well amid the waste,
where those who seek the sands of time come to find its one last sher.

Ever the poets red blood must flow down, down to that thirsty mere.
I drink to you, my friendas maqtaa redoubled slides into that vast sher.

Red Slider, 2019

note: for those unfamiliar with some of the terms used in this Ghazal, 'matlaa' is the first couplet, 'sher', of a Ghazal, which sets the ending term or phrase, the 'radif', used in all the shers that follow. The term before the radif is a rhyming word called the 'quaafiya' that will appear in every sher of the Ghazal just before the radif. The final sher is called the 'maqtaa' and often contains a reference to the poet's name, the 'takhallus', as a way of establishing their authorship (a12th century version of what will later become become the familiar copyrighting of a work.)
Red Slider
February 12, 2019
While cleaning out a box of letters and papers, I came across Gene's letter of October 1989. This led to a search. I am sad to see I am too late, but hope Rose can be comforted by this contact. Blessings to all, David Alan Butterfield
David Butterfield
October 20, 2018
With great sadness I'm just now learning of Gene's passing. My best to Rose and the family who kindly hosted me on a trip through Missouri now nearly 40 years ago.
Clifton Ross
January 31, 2015
Alan Summers, England
My deepest condolences to his family. His short verse poetry (haiku) was very much appreciated.

As a lover of trains, as well as crows, here are two of his wonderful short poems:

midnight train
the crossing gate
chimes the hour


bitter cold--
a crow in the hackberry
folds his wings closer


my very warmest regards,

Alan Summers, England, U.K.
Alan Summers
January 30, 2015
I'd like to offer my sincere condolences to the family of Gene Doty.

Gene and I shared a mutual passion for the form of Eastern poetry known as the ghazal. As a result, Gene gave the world the first website dedicated exclusively to examples of the form in English, and I, the first print journal.

I was conducting an interview with Gene via email for Contemporary Ghazals when my computer crashed in 2008, wiping out a considerable number of my files. I so wish I had stored those correspondences on a disc or some place. It would be wonderful to know that Gene kept a copy somewhere over the years....

The Ghazal Page shall live on with some help from his colleagues, but ‘Gino' shall be sorely missed.

R. W. Watkins
January 28, 2015
Gene touched thousands of lives with kindness and encouragement. He was a positive influence for genuine good in the world. He will be missed.
Cynthia Riley
January 27, 2015
The Jacobs ladder he gave my son and the times we shared
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