Craig Arnold - Update (5/7 Afternoon)
The team believes that Craig
went down that incline but they do not believe it would necessarily be a fatal fall.
Thanks to the Fund to Find Craig Arnold
and the support of both U.S. and Japanese authorities, the family has been able to re-engage some of the original search team and at least one of the Fulbright volunteers on the island and they will rejoin the search today, coordinating with 1SRG, to try to determine if Craig is somewhere near that incline, and/or where his
trail leads from there.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. Â» A search and rescue team is preparing to look one last day for Craig Arnold, an acclaimed poet with Utah ties who's been missing on a small Japanese island for more than 10 days.
Arnold, an award-winning poet who earned his doctorate at the University of Utah, is a University of Wyoming assistant professor who's been working on a book about volcanoes.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A group of trackers has picked up the trail of missing poet Craig Arnold on a tiny island in southern Japan.
Arnold is a University of Wyoming professor who went missing on the island April 26.
has been working on a book about volcanoes and has been visiting volcanoes around the world.
Craig Arnold - Update (5/5 Afternoon)
Craig Arnold - Update
They will be on the island until the 9th, looking, though obviously we all hope Craig
will be found before then.
However, the official search for Craig
has been called off by the Japanese authorities.
I met Craig Arnold
eight years ago, in the Spring of 2001: February to be exact:
I was new to Denver, in my first year at the University of Colorado Denver
had won, shortly before, the Yale prize, and his
book Shells was doing well: a colleague of mine had written a grant to bring him to read, and she
gave the logistics over to me: I arranged the reading and waited to find out just who Craig Arnold
left the next day for other readings:
most of the time I've known him, he
was in a car, moving from one town to another: not wandering: he
had purpose: but he
always drove, as if he
knew he'd miss something:
was coming back through a few days later, he
said: we should have lunch:
we met up early the next Monday morning - February 26th:
I'd just heard that A. R. Ammons died the day before: Archie had been my teacher at Cornell: we'd had an odd relationship: odd in that in class, we never seemed to get anywhere: sometimes he seemed like he was somewhere else: he'd already retired once and came back: maybe he wasn't into it: I didn't know: but then I'd be walking down the hall, past his office, and he'd call out to me and ask me in, and then he'd talk to me, quoting one of my own poems, and then going off on some impromptu dissertation on Stevens of Wordsworth, giving me the kind of thing I was always hoping for in class: I wouldn't say that I was one of his better students - certainly, I left Cornell without accomplishing much - but I'd gone there to study with him, and his death came as quite a blow to me: In part because I guess I still hoped we'd have the kind of student-teacher relationship I'd imagined, and in part because I had begun to realize some of the things he was always trying to tell me but which I was too stupid to hear: I'd written him a letter, and I was going to mail it literally the next day when I got the news:
I told some of this to Craig
, and we agreed, during lunch, that we'd drink a shot of deliriously strong whiskey: the only way to answer diminishment (the world's, poetry's, &c) was with diminishment: to rhyme with that part of the world: and maybe to stand in that last place, the last space he
made with his
going, and it was going to take both of us:
for a moment, it seemed like there were only three people in the world:
it wasn't long, lunch, that moment, but none of that ended either: after an appropriate recuperation, Craig
got back in his
car and drove somewhere else, and he
left me with a sense that the conversation would continue:
it did: a year later, we picked it back up where we left it, and again a year later: we'd either be driving together to Salt Lake City and Boise, or he'd be crashing on my futon on his
way from one town to another and we'd always pick it up, as if it never ended, never stopped: and so on:
I'm thinking of this now because what I want is more of Archie's colons: that mark of ongoingness, of continuation, of forever: no periods: no more periods: just the moving and the keeping moving:
keep moving Craig
Jake Adam York tweeted, "@ricksanchezcnn Help find American poet Craig Arnold missing in Japan: http://findcraigarnold.blogspot.com" Apr 30, 1:22 PM
My friend poet Craig Arnold has gone missing on a volcanic island in Japan.
The poet Craig Arnold is currently in Japan with the U.S.-Japan Friendship Commission's U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Exchange Fellowship and has been missing since April 26th (evening Monday April 27th Japanese time).
is the author of two volumes of poetry: Shells, chosen by W.S. Merwin for the Yale Series of Young Poets in 1999, and of Made Flesh (Ausable, 2008).
poetry has been anthologized in several volumes of the Best American Poetry Series, and his
poems, articles, and translations from the Spanish have appeared in such publications as The New Republic
, Paris Review
, Poetry Magazine
, Yale Review
, and many more.
is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including a Fulbright Fellowship, the Joseph Brodsky Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters
, the Alfred Hodder Fellowship in Humanities from Princeton University
, an Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts
Dr. Arnold did his B.A. at Yale University and received his Ph.D. from the University of Utah.
He is presently an Assistant Professor at the University of Wyoming.
plan was to stay only one night and leave the next day. (Craig has visited many volcanoes around the world in recent years as is very experienced with visiting them.)
immediately left his
3 bags at the inn and departed around 3 pm on foot to the next village, taking only his
was wearing black or dark colors: long pants, a dark hat, a nylon jacket.
Japanese iPhone was on his
person but has not been reachable due to inconsistent reception on the island.
did not return to the inn by 8 pm, the inn staff searched for him by car, driving to the village.
Has not rained since Craig
Fresh water available.
5) If you use the web form to email the Senator's office, make sure you use a subject line with the phrase "University of Wyoming Professor Craig Arnold".