As I listen to the Steve Baratta tribute on KillRadio.org, I can't help but remember this brief anecdote:
Steve didn't get a lot of features at LA area poetry venues, regrettably, in the era when many more of them existed. And there was one time when a then-Big host of a well-attended venue offered him a feature--and then reneged on his promise.
Apparently, the host's ego and hubris mattered more than showing respect and support to Steve--who was a loyal venue regular.
To paraphrase Joni Mitchell said in "Big Yellow Taxi", we don't know (or realize) what we have until it's too late.