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Poet Ted Joans Dies

Ted Joans, the Beat Generation poet famous for his ‘Bird Lives’ graffiti, died in his home in Vancouver, British Columbia on May 7 of diabetes complications. He was 74.

Born Theodore Jones on July 4, 1928 in Cairo, Ill., the African American poet later changed his surname to Joans simply to rid himself of the common “Jones.” After graduating from Indiana University with a degree in fine arts, Joans moved to New York City and became part of Greenwich Village’s burgeoning bohemian scene in the 1950s.

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