Tom and I knew each other through correspondence and the Internet for many years, but I feel his loss as though he lived around the corner. He was a poet and critic and unique blogger as well as a friend. He died from being hit by a car, something that had occurred once before not that many years ago and left him permanently damaged. He complained about the serious problems for pedestrians in his area of Berkeley California, both in his poetry and in his correspondence. Which he obviously was right to.
Here is a blog post I made eight years ago about his poetry and more: