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The Last Poet: Ron Allen: Portrait of a cultural worker

By Rayfield Allen Waller

Published: 9/1/2010

Types: Arts, Literature, Poetry

Editor's note: This story originally appeared in Metro Times for June 28, 1995: And how will I live, without money, without love, without fame? —Frank O'Hara "Some of the greatest artists never created anything," says poet Ron Allen, with a taunting grin. Beneath that gri...[MORE]

'let's call this': Baseball beautitude from days gone by

By John Sinclair

Published: 4/7/2010

Types: Arts, Literature, Poetry

"let's call this" for Jayne Cortez baseball, poetry, & rhythm & blues— & all three in one most glorious day, april 15, 1982— let's call this opening day, like the sky opened up & grinned all over detroit & at the shrine of truth & be...[MORE]

Artifact in verse: From Clairmount to crack, Ken Meisel still mourns

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 1/20/2010

Types: Arts, Literature, Poetry

1:30 p.m. We're headed east on West Grand Boulevard, passing by Hitsville, USA, a living relic of better days. Looking farther down the boulevard, there's the deserted Lee Plaza apartment building. Not a single pane of glass remains. It looks like a nightly news scene from Kosovo in the '90s. Toget...[MORE]

Word up: From the hood to higher learning, teen poet Myriha Burton steps out

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 12/30/2009

Types: Arts, Literature, Poetry

Ever since Myriha Burton chopped her shoulder-length hair— to a Me'Shell Ndegeocello cropped coif — people tell her she looks like a poet. Well, that is what she does. See, this 18-year-old Cass Tech senior shows the kind of resolve common among world-class poetry competitors, a ghet...[MORE]

'I began writing in mystery': A few words with Philip Levine

By Norene Smith

Published: 11/25/2009

Types: Arts, Literature, Poetry

For Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and poet Philip Levine, the small details of everyday life have always been newsworthy. From the awkward stumble of coming of age in a blue-collar town to the dirt-under-your-fingernails reality of factory labor, he's paying attention to lackluster circumstances and...[MORE]

Slammin'!: The Wonder Twins know there are eight million stories in the naked city

By D'Anne, Laura Witkowski

Published: 10/14/2009

Types: Arts, Literature, Poetry

So, what do you get when you cross a poetry slam and an open mic night at a comedy club? Probably something terrible that will bring shame to all involved. Thankfully, though, this is not what happens during a recent Moth StorySLAM. Yes, the increasingly popular public radio program has come to Detr...[MORE]

Schoolyard verse: Detroit kid poets speak from the edge and the heart

By InsideOut Literary Arts Project

Published: 8/12/2009

Types: Arts, Literature, Poetry

I SPEAK I speak Arabic, From the heart of the east Feared by outsiders Arabie with a little New York flavor I speak The new tongue of young Arabics A new language Created to unite Our Arabie and American sides I wear A style all its own, Cultural yet modern I rock           A hijab wit...[MORE]

Thrilled to death: Local poet looks hard at the king of pop

By Blair

Published: 7/1/2009

Types: Arts, Literature, Poetry

First you learned to crawl, then you learned to walk, and after that you probably spent eons attempting to moonwalk. For many of us X-geners, that's just how it went. But Michael Jackson's friction-defying signature move was as elusive as he was, and lord knows he was as mystifying as he was iconic....[MORE]

Chapter and verse: A collection of poems by M.L. Liebler

By M.L. Liebler

Published: 4/29/2009

Types: Arts, Literature, Poetry

The Letting Go Little by little It starts. In Siberia, I see a reflection— Myself standing still In the afternoon shadow Of ancient Russia. I know now what I have never realized Before. I am alone In darkness— a shade Of myself here On another cold Siberian sidewalk, So...[MORE]

A day in the life: The M.L. Liebler interview

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 4/29/2009

Types: Arts, Literature, Poetry

Rock 'N' Roll I've thought About the many nights Of rock 'n' roll I've spent In my youth Hardcore — My grandma taught me How to rock She hummed Elvis While she sewed my pants She liked Elvis. She liked him so much That she bought me a black leather jacket With zippers and a moto...[MORE]

Drunk drunk drunk: A poetic memoir haunts the gardens and the graves

By Brian Smith

Published: 4/22/2009

Types: Arts, Literature, Poetry

Shit I'm shaking as I write this. DTs are a motherfucker. My hands are balled in tight fists. It's time for war. I'm standing. Damn it. I'm standing. Wish me luck. The typed, signed letter that accompanied this book sent in by its author — whose envelope was sloppily hand-addressed &...[MORE]

Eating from the skull of the fallen angel: Music, myth and the spiritual in the poetry of Kim Hunter

By Norene Smith

Published: 1/28/2009

Types: Arts, Literature, Poetry

Detroiter Kim Hunter's new collection of poems, edge of the time zone, is a winding road lined with imagery, political thought and courageous dreaming. That beautiful stretch of imagination parallels a real-life journey. As much as it represents his own growth as a poet and an advocate of poet...[MORE]

Love is not the enemy: Poet-performer Jessica Care Moore talks success, heartbreak and coming home. Plus: WDET author interview.

By Norene Cashen

Published: 9/24/2008

Types: Arts, Literature, Poetry

Coming back to the city where you grew up is a profound kind of return. It's a reunion with part of yourself. There are memories, family and all the shapes and textures of experience — good or bad — that made their impressions on you and helped you dream of what you could be. And, ma...[MORE]

Poet Index

By M.L. Liebler

Published: 8/27/2008

Types: Arts, Literature, Poetry

The Poets: 1. Sarah Addae, "Sunstruck."2. Saladin Ahmed, "Stereo Links."3. Ron Allen, "The Phraseology of Donald Goines."4. Alise Alousi "Trumbull Song."5. Ron Allen, "The Phraseology of Donald Goines."6. Caroline Maun, "Lovegrove through the Looking Glass."7. Mitzi Alvin, "Motoring."8.Olivia B. Am...[MORE]

Room with a view: Detroit's African-American writers, playwrights and poets, past and present, get a space of their own

By Norene Cashen

Published: 8/27/2008

Types: Arts, Literature, Poetry

In a small room on the third floor of the Purdy-Kresge Library at Wayne State University, an important part of Detroit's literary and cultural heritage is being collected, sorted and archived. The library already holds a number of special collections, including the Arthur L. Johnson African-Amer...[MORE]

The City Has Moved Too Close to the Sun: A Detroit Cento Cut-Up poem

By M.L. Liebler

Published: 8/27/2008

Types: Arts, Literature, Poetry

I have long said that a bad day in Detroit is better than a good day anywhere else in the world. Maybe I'm just burned out from traveling, but in recent years, I have roamed around the world more than a few times, and these experiences have only solidified my conviction that there's no place li...[MORE]

Poetic spirit

By Andrew S. Klein

Published: 4/16/2008

Types: Arts, Literature, Poetry

Perusing M.L. Liebler's bio is just a tad intimidating for a young writer. The Detroit poet, professor and activist is cut from the same cloth as John Sinclair, the once-manager of the MC5 (notorious for being sentenced to 10 years in prison for possession of two joints). Sinclair, who r...[MORE]

Words of Our Own

By Kim Hunter

Published: 5/14/2008

Types: Arts, Literature, Poetry

I co-direct Poetry @the Zeitgeist and months prior we had scheduled Mick Vranich to read on what turned out to be the night the U.S. planned to bomb Iraq just before the invasion. The war was big on everyone's mind. Fortunately, Mick's work helped us work through it but the war still overrode ...[MORE]

Words of Our Own

By Dawn McDuffie

Published: 2/13/2008

Types: Arts, Literature, Poetry

I've wanted to write about Hans Christian Anderson's story, The Snow Queen, and one snowy day last year I followed my wish. The Snow Pushes Down by Dawn McDuffie left to right. Lightning flashes, winter thunder. When I'm asleep, I dream of white sky and then I see a candle flash in the bra...[MORE]

Words of Our Own

By Ron Allen

Published: 1/30/2008

Types: Arts, Literature, Poetry

To explain his inspiration for this poem, native Detroiter Ron Allen writes via e-mail from his Buddhist community home in Los Angeles: take me to the water and wash me down. a cryptic fantastic moment in the mind. looking into the full occurred self as prophet. the moment as light a copious whole ...[MORE]

Words of Our Own

By Mariela Griffor

Published: 1/9/2008

Types: Arts, Literature, Poetry

"Detroit" was conceived 10 years ago after a very interesting conversation with Harriet Saperstein about the city of Detroit. After she left my house, the poem came to me as a whisper. She devoted 35 years of work to the architectural improvement of the city, and I was surprised and also very challe...[MORE]

Words of Our Own

By Metro Times arts staff

Published: 12/26/2007

Types: Arts, Literature, Poetry

This lovely little verse fluttered down unto me like a cursing rabid locust drunk on whiskey with a black heart. War news on TV meets online holiday shopping, and voilà, a poem that I hope will be rendered moot soon. shop_pentagon.com by Robert Fanning Today another flag-covered box arrives ...[MORE]

Words of Our Own

By Rebecca Mazzei

Published: 12/19/2007

Types: Arts, Literature, Poetry

I was mystified at a recent poetry reading by Norene Cashen and Gregory Kiewiet, and I've laughed out loud at previous readings by local writers Peter Markus, Robert Fanning and others. So here's an attempt to reserve space, from now on, when we have it, for the "disease of eloquence," as the author...[MORE]

From the cradle: First books of poetry to savor

By Heather A. McMacken

Published: 12/5/2007

Types: Arts, Literature, Poetry

Last year, Detroit saw many talented male poets earn book publication, such as Robert Fanning and Peter Markus. But the tables have turned. In 2007, it's the ladies who rule. These five books are the best of our very best, and they're all first books by women. Soluble Fish by Mary Jo Firth G...[MORE]

American Life in Poetry

By Ted Kooser

Published: 9/26/2007

Types: Arts, Literature, Poetry

A number of American poets are adept at describing places and the people who inhabit them. Galway Kinnell’s great poem, "The Avenue Bearing the Initial of Christ into the New World" is one of those masterpieces, and there are many others. Here Anne Pierson Wiese, winner of the Walt Whitman...[MORE]

American Life in Poetry

By Ted Kooser

Published: 9/19/2007

Types: Arts, Literature, Poetry

By Ted Kooser, U.S. Poet Laureate, 2004-2006 North Carolina poet, Betty Adcock, has written scores of beautiful poems, almost all of them too long for this space. Here is an example of her shorter work, the telling description of a run-down border town.   Louisiana Line The wooden sce...[MORE]

American Life in Poetry

By Ted Kooser

Published: 9/12/2007

Types: Arts, Literature, Poetry

Our poet this week is 16-year-old Devon Regina DeSalva of Los Angeles, California, who says she wrote this poem to get back at her mother, only to find that her mother loved the poem. Snip Your Hair I’ll snip your hair Cut it all off until you look like a man I will replace your weight lo...[MORE]

Summer Fiction Poetry

By Summer Fiction Author

Published: 7/14/1999

Types: Arts, Literature, Poetry

the african american experience by Ella N. Singer 1 the african american experience is thick like molasses brown and bitter sweet sticks to the roof of your mouth like...[MORE]

American Life in Poetry

By Ted Kooser

Published: 8/22/2007

Types: Arts, Literature, Poetry

The American poet Ezra Pound once described the faces of people in a rail station as petals on a wet black bough. That was roughly 75 years ago. Here Barry Goldensohn of New York offers a look at a contemporary subway station. Not petals, but people all the same. Subway The station platform, c...[MORE]

American Life in Poetry

By Ted Kooser

Published: 8/15/2007

Types: Arts, Literature, Poetry

by Ted Kooser, U.S. Poet Laureate, 2004-2006 Here is a lovely poem about survival by Patrick Phillips of New York. People sometimes ask me "What are poems for?" and "Matinee" is an example of the kind of writing that serves its readers, that shows us a way of carrying on. M...[MORE]

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