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Saturday, June 02, 2007

Local Poet T Paul Ste. Marie Passes Away


Poet, Promoter, Actor, Artist T. Paul Ste Marie found dead in his home. This email came from friend and fellow poet, Susan Cormier.

He passed away in his home in his home in the last 24 hrs. His good friend Ru found him this morning in his house on his couch. It looked like another anuerism or possibly a stroke. Not much is known at this time.
Arrangements are being made and you will all be informed about any services or gatherings held on his behalf.
It is a loss to the community and to all the people who knew him.
Please spread the word to anyone you know.

This is what T. Paul wrote about himself in his Facebook profile:

SOME OF MY FAVE THINGS...

*cooking!!!
*watching fantastic live music/cabaret/vaudeville/sideshow gigs when I'm not performing in them
*bebop & hardbop jazz
* believer in the traditions and teachings of If the Afro-Cuban form of what's best known as Santeria or Voudon
* low brow art
*old, strong poster designs like saul bass' work (all the hitchcock posters - west side story etc...)
*cheesey pulp fiction novels & particularly the great cover designs
*bad puns...i mean really bad puns!
*solid rockabilly & psychobilly music
*scrabble !
* my sharkskin suit collection
* simple pleasures
* anything timeless and classic
*purely amazing, hot, fun, raw sex!
* honesty and forthrightness
*photography
*painting, sketching, illustrating
*being onstage! emceeing amazing shows!
*GOOD musicals (cabaret, sweet charity, chicago, west side story, the producers)
*i love kitsch!!!!
*children's laughter
*collecting: dice, old playing cards, vintage lamps, side show paraphenalia,shoes (vintage), books of all kinds, masks, strange ornaments (glittery devil's head, odd ceramic figurines, wooden roosters and the like), vintage posters and tons of other stuff!
*cinema noir
* cinema vrit
*cinema neo-noir
*great indie flix
* the constant coincidence- like non-coincidences that life presents, one after another after another always the right time; the right place
* the clean, fresh look & feel of a new haircut
* the smell of a good hair pomade
* the astounding summarizations of moments, lifetimes & experiences richly whipped into good poetry
* all of the warm and passionate smoochin & huggin that goes with love or just plain fun lust!
* devouring books of all kinds as if they were sweet, ripe, nutritious fruits
* facilitating the artistic endeavours of others
* the touch of a loving hand
* smiling randomly at people, disarming them completely
* MUSIC! the sound of life!
* engaging, stimulating converstaions
* the scent of a babys head (maple syrupy, icing sugar, soapy clean-like)
* the satisfying sensuality of a flavouful meal
* rain...real rain with drops all thick & heavy & thunder & lightning
* the horror/beauty of Las Vegas
* straight from the belly/heart laughter
* the smooth lines & boss looks of classic cars
* under used words & phrases like nifty, boss, the cats pyjamas, the bees knees
* breaking barriers
* surprising myself
* writing as if with a paintbrush, painting as if with a violin, spilling inky music out of the end of a pen
* positive & optimistic realists who maintain a certain safe amount of humorous cynicism

learning, absorbing, adapting -i am a polymorph...an adaptable creature by nature, slipping in and out from beneath a multitude of different hats that will have me emceeing a Ska & Punk show one moment, performing vaudeville/burlesque/cabaret gigs, and a posh award's dinner the next - i am here to learn and to absorb and reflect and to be reflected


T. Paul was 41.

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