Bill Holm

This was the first of several essays written for Showcase by the late Bill Holm, a poet, essayist, professor and music lover extraordinaire. A native of Minneota, Minnesota, he lived there until his death in 2009, except for a year he spent in China, which yielded the essay collection Coming Home Crazy, and summers he spent in north Iceland. Two of his books in particular reflect his love for music: Boxelder Bug Variations and Playing the Black Piano. His final book, published posthumously, is The Chain Letter of the Soul: New and Selected Poems.