Ted Joans Lives! Tribute (6)

Denise Enck:

I’ve been writing a piece about Ted and will post it here in a few days. But this this morning while looking through a cache of letters, postcards, and ephemera Ted sent me over the years, I found this recent item which I thought I’d share with you now.

Getting mail from Ted was always a treat. His newsy letters were often embellished with drawings, or rubber stamps; sometimes he’d include clippings or other ephemera. No matter their appearance, they were always full of Ted’s wit & plenty of news.

For Christmas 2002 my husband Craig & I sent Ted & Laura a wine stopper. It was a blown-glass rhino atop a cork & was made in Africa. In early January I received Ted’s marvelous thank you! He even incorporated the package’s customs slip.

Ted Joans drawing / collage
(you can click on the photo for a larger view)

Harold Chapman:

… I was living in the Beat Hotel in Paris and a friend of mine, Thomas Neurath, had just taken a room there. He asked me in to see a mural on the wall. Graven into the plaster, covering one entire wall of the room, was a drawing… It was titled and signed “The chick that fell off a rhino, Ted Joans”… I met Ted by chance a few years later in the street… below are the first few photos I took of him while he was staying in the Hotel Stella in July 1966.

Ted Joans, Paris 1966 photo by Harold Chapman
Ted Joans, Paris 1966 photo by Harold Chapman
Ted Joans, Paris 1966 photo by Harold Chapman
Ted Joans, Paris 1966 photo by Harold Chapman
Ted Joans, Paris 1966 photo by Harold Chapman
Ted Joans, Paris 1966 photo by Harold Chapman

Rik Lina:

Here is the funeral ad. in the Dutch paper, signed by his artist-friends living in The Netherlands.

Netherlands newspaper ad

Mark Fisher:

I met Ted Joans several years ago at the NYU Beat Conference. He was standing by himself in a crowded room, a small coffin in his arms. “What’s in the coffin?” I asked. “Poetry,” he smiled.

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About Denise Enck

Denise is a writer and editor of Empty Mirror. She has edited several literary magazines and her work has been published online and in print since the 1980s.