I just somehow only learned today that a friend of mine is the daughter of Edward Dorn (although it all totally makes sense now)
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Popular horror novelist Stephen King admired Dorn, describing his poetry as "talismans of perfect writing" and even naming the first novel of The Dark Tower series, "The Gunslinger," in honor of Dorn's poem. King also opened both the prologue and epilogue of "The Stand" with Dorn's line, "We need help, the Poet reckoned."
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Re: Edward Dorn
...ka-incidence rides again...