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Poet Jack Gilbert has died

Poet Jack Gilbert has died

The poet Jack Gilbert, who had been battling dementia for many years, died Tuesday in Berkeley. He was 87.

Gilbert -- who was featured in Monday's L.A. Times -- had been in frail condition at a nursing home for several years before he developed pneumonia over the last couple of days, and he succumbed early this morning, said Bill Mayer, a poet and longtime friend. Mayer was among a group who kept a vigil at Gilbert’s side during his final hours. Fellow Bay Area poets Larry Felson and Steven Rood were among the group, as was Louise Gregg, the sister of the poet Linda Gregg,...