Saturday, November 29, 2014


James Koller with his children
Thea, Ida Rose & Bert
circa 1988
w/ Carson Arnold


We just had word while coming in the door from a day away, no lights on yet, getting the wood fire re-lit, that old friend of the family Jim Koller had a massive stroke Friday night in Joplin, Missouri.

His son Bert Koller sent us the news from Maine, where Jim had left a few days earlier for the midwest to be with family members before heading to the southwest where there is more family, and wanting to be way west in California for even more family somewhere down the road this winter.

Jim has lots of family — children, grandchildren, and so many friends.

It's time to put head, hands and hearts together and send the man we love some of that love. Even if you don't know Jim you may one day know his poetry, Teton Sioux translations, stories, songs, chants, and charms.

The editor of Coyote's Journal is somewhere on the cusp tonight.

In the territory where Jesse and Frank James called home.


photo 1988 © bob & susan arnold

"I'm writing you all to let you know that Jim had a stroke last night in Joplin, Missouri. He was also diagnosed with pneumonia. He is currently unable to communicate & the prognosis is not great, but his vitals are fine for the time being. If he does pull through he may need full time care. . ."

— Bert Koller, 29 November 2014


Eero Ruuttila said...

I'm burning healing sage for Jim, tonight, Bob… thanks for the notice… I've always read Koller's work slowly & many times over.

Bob Arnold / Longhouse said...

As I can only assume, and so will, Jim read your own poems Eero. . .for him that ever present circle of things. Good to hear from you.

stay well, Bob

Luster said...
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Luster said...


Somehow my comment from last night upon first reading this has vaporized. So be it. As I said then, while I don't know Jim in person, I know him. Since then, I've seen notice of Jim's condition circulate via the Birdhouse in the realms of Silliman, Sam Hamill, and of course our friend Eero. Poetic prayer trees are branching.

staying close,

Bob Arnold / Longhouse said...

Thanks ever, Mike,
branching just the way.

Keep those home fires warm
all's well, Bob

say**yes said...

Thank you for posting this, Bob. Deirdre called me last night with this terrible news. No one has sent me any further updates, so if you do get any, please contact me at or you can find me on FB as Patricia Zoline. Burning candles and praying here in Portland.

Bob Arnold / Longhouse said...

Lovely to have this note from you during a very hard time.

I'll post you an email now
all's well, Bob