JACKI LYDEN: "I met James Navé for the first time 25 years ago while working on a story for NPR. He was a whirlwind of energy, performing poems out loud in grade schools in his home town of Asheville, North Carolina. He went on to perform poetry all over the world, from La Paz to Paris to the Philippines.

For Navé, it was all about poetry and travel and freedom and creativity. And then, wham, he made an all-too common mid-life discovery. He had health issues - prostate cancer - the big memento mori. He confronted the disease the best way he knew how, with words, vowing to write a poem a day for the hundred days following surgery."

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