Many poets’ work moves us, as Carlos’ did. But he also made us laugh, which is perhaps a rarer thing. There was always a buzz in the crowd at Haiku North America in anticipation of his scheduled appearances, and it is no exaggeration to say that those performances were, for many, the highlight of past conferences. I know things will feel different in Santa Fe.
I had the good fortune to interview Carlos (and The King!) for his book Haiku Elvis (Laughing Cactus Press, 2013), which is a distillation of his approach to humorous storytelling in this vein. But he wrote in many other styles as well, and I recommend you become acquainted with them. He was a talented man, and you will not be disappointed.
Thank you, Carlos, thank you very much. You will be missed.