A D.C. Poet Remembered

Ed CoxOn September 1, 1992, a stroke at the tender age of 46 cut short the life of Ed Cox, native Washingtonian and poet. Fortunately for us, poet Richard Peabody published Cox's posthumous Collected Poems in 2001. In this collection, the poems evidence Cox's ear for Collected poemsIrish Catholic humor—gleaned from his large family, along with a strong affection for the city of Washington.

He was born in Capitol Hill, attended Archbishop Carroll High School and studied poetry at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Cox was not considered an "academic" poet, but his keen sensitivity to the plight of children, the elderly and all oppressed beings in general was apparent. He was a gay man in an age not totally in acceptance, and he felt the sting of every accusation.

In spite of this, glimmers of hopefulness come through his poetry:

 Go up and tell them how very important
it is for us to look up once in a great while,
Give in some, admit that it's really good
to be living
that there's a way of getting back there.

 

 

by P. McKinlay