Sunday, February 23, 2014

Goodbye, for Now...

It was with the heaviest heart that I had to bid farewell to Denise this past Friday.  My cousin, my dear friend, my poetry collaborator, and the sister I never had departed this earth in the early morning hours.

The world is a colder and darker place, suddenly.

I will be reposting some of Denise's work here for a while, and her husband Todd is going to try to get me some of her latest poems, and I will be sure to publish them as soon as we can.  She had a couple of notebooks full of new poetry, and was writing in the hospital right up to the end.

Please keep her dear, loving, and devoted husband Todd in your prayers.  Her funeral will be this Thursday in Racine, Wisconsin.  If you need information regarding time and place, please feel free to email me at  I will get back to you as soon as I can. You can read a bit about her life if you click on this sentence.

I am in agony over losing her.  I know that many of you loved her poetry, and more importantly, loved her. She was truly one of a kind, and one of the sweetest and most genuine human beings I have ever known.  Her poetry was wonderful, and as she told me just a short time ago, it seems, she had "not quite hit her stride yet" as a poet - it was only getting better.

I will have more information and reposts of her work here, as well as links to her soundcloud account, where you can listen to her reading her own works.  A true treasure.

Please keep our family in your prayers, and please keep reading.  That is what Denise would like, I think I am safe in saying.

May her memory be eternal.

Tom (Janikowski)

Denise and me at a tapas bar two summers ago.  She was fond of saying "I thought you said 'topless'..."

1 comment:

  1. Dear Tom,
    I've just sat here for over an hour reading and rereading this post, shaking my head in denial. Denise was a former student of mine. We had lost contact for several years because I moved back to the city of my birth. Then I found her again, here on this blog. She sent me a copy of her poetry book and we began exchanging an occasional email. She joined in and responded to prompts I created on We Write Poems during January of this year. I'm babbling, sorry. Just too shocked for words. Please know that you and her family are in my thoughts and prayers. She was definitely one of the brightest lights in my short teaching career. I will miss her. You may contact me at: (me email address) or here at my poetry blog:

    I am so sorry for your loss, for all of our loss,

    Elizabeth Crawford Katch