A family emergency left me completely out of the loop for nearly a week, so I was very late to hearing about the passing of Gil Scott-Heron.
I had the pleasure of meeting him once, very briefly many, many years ago at a poetry reading arranged by a teacher of mine. I told him I was a "some time poet" and he told me there was no such thing. He told me, "every word is important once you say it."
I never forgot that. And I will never forget him.
Definition of a Poet
"I'm New Here"
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
Lupe Fiasco's tribute is here.