Stop the world, or let it spin.
It is of no difference to me,
For I am not of the earth, nor the wind, nor the sky.
I am of the soul.
Biographical Note by Susan Dean
My son, Thomas Dean, was born October 25, 1992. He studied at The State University of New York at Fredonia, in Fredonia, New York, where he was a senior English major with a minor in Creative Writing. His intentions after graduation were to be a published author and an English professor. He was a unique, complicated, and creative young man.
His writing ranged from being dark and deep, to being light-hearted, humorous, and emotional. He was the type to light up a room with his humor and was always unashamedly himself. This was a unique trait of his that was complemented by his refusal to conform to what the world, and others, thought he should be. In addition to writing, he enjoyed making movies, uploading them online and through it entertaining himself, his friends, and many others. He had further ambitions of travelling to places such as England, and visiting Korea to reconnect with many friends from there who he had met on campus. He was in perfect health before the time of his passing, so his death was a shock to all who knew and loved him. He died of a rare condition called Lymphocytic Myocarditis one week after his 21st birthday, on November 2, 2013.
Following my son’s death, we have set up the Thomas Dean Memorial Fund at SUNY Fredonia in order to help other young people fulfil their college dreams. A book, by and about Thom, called Immortal: The Life and Legacy of Thomas Dean is available here. Proceeds from sales of the book will go directly towards the fund.
Thomas was a wonderful man, and my world has become a darker place without him, but we are grateful to him for leaving his writing behind, which I intend to share with as many people as possible.
I hope that here you will enjoy his poetry and by doing so insure that his spirit continues to live on through his words.
Thomas Dean’s work will appear on Inkposts throughout April.
Featured image: Silhouettes in the Fog by Roman Drits