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Mark Fischer first arrived on the scene in Telluride in the Summer 1981, followed by his beloved Elaine in February 1982. According to Elaine, a major talent in her own right, Mark was larger than life and a polymath.
“Mark was the hippie itinerant scholar and I was the young artist who followed
him,” she explained.
The Yale, Harvard, Stanford-educated lawyer practiced law in Telluride, but he also loved to ski and hike. He was a glider pilot who played the flute, and a Yoga master who wrote a book on the subject. Mark Fischer spoke five languages fluently and translated philosophical treatises from German, Latin, and Greek into English. Oh yes, and in his spare time, he wrote esoteric poetry incorporating his languages. He called them “squibbles.”
To pay tribute to Mark Fischer’s “squibbles,” his quirky sense of honor and passion for obtuse words, (the) Poetry Prize is awarded to the entries that best exhibit the qualities of originality, novelty, complex meaning, linguistic skill, and wit. All styles and content matter are accepted in the applications (the wilder the better). Nearly 200 poems were submitted last year, the most entries ever.
--from Susan Viebrock's profile in Telluride Inside and Out