9780814328101

Abandon Automobile

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  • ISBN13:

    9780814328101

  • ISBN10:

    0814328105

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2001-08-01
  • Publisher: Wayne State Univ Pr

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Summary

Do poets' surroundings shape their viewpoint and work? Abandon Automobile seeks to address this question by bringing together the work of more than one hundred of Detroit's most acclaimed and accessible poets. Writing about location as if it were a living entity, these poets visualize Detroit as a variety of complex archetypes -- the city becomes a savior, a beast, a nurturing mother, a seductress, a friend, an enemy. Like the city itself, the poetry represented is diverse and the poems are by turns tender, forceful, introspective, and vital.

Detroit has given birth to an array of poets -- and poetry magazines, artist collectives, workshops, and independent presses dedicated to publishing poetry. Detroit's rich poetic history includes such figures as Philip Levine, Dudley Randall, John Sinclair, W. D. Snodgrass, Naomi Long Madgett, and Robert Hayden. In the introduction to the volume, Melba Joyce Boyd and M. L. Liebler show how Detroit's poetry scene has changed over the years to embrace political movements and cultural transformations. Detroit poetry has flo

Author Biography

Melba Joyce Boyd is professor and chair of the Department of Africana Studies at Wayne State University. She is the author of five books of poetry M. L. Liebler, a faculty member at Wayne State University and founding director of the YMCA National Writer's Voice Project of Metro Detroit, is author of several books of poetry

Table of Contents

Preface 19(4)
Introduction 23(12)
Sarah Addae
Sunstruck
35(2)
Saladin Ahmed
Stereo Links
37(2)
Ron Allen
Incinerator
39(2)
The Phraseology of a Mood
41(2)
Alise Alousi
Trumbull Song
43(3)
For D. M.
46(2)
Mitzi Alvin
Motoring
48(2)
Olivia V. Ambrogio
They Say God Marks
50(2)
Alvin Aubert
You'd Have to See It
52(1)
The Numbers
52(1)
Chene Park
53(2)
Irvine Barat
Four Decades Ago
55(2)
Faruq Z. Bey
Kantos
57(2)
Sadiq Bey
Morning 85
59(1)
Terry Blackhawk
Reader Response
60(1)
February Teacher
61(2)
Melba Joyce Boyd
We Want Our City Back
63(3)
the view of blue
66(2)
The Burial of a Building
68(4)
Jill Witherspoon Boyer
Detroit Summers
72(1)
Detroit City
73(1)
William Boyer
Squatter's Rights
74(2)
Donna Brook
People Don't Die Just So You Can Write a Poem about Them
76(1)
I Have My James Schuyler Too
76(2)
James Burdine
Eastside Hypocrite
78(1)
Anthony Butts
Detroit, City of Straits
79(1)
The Belle Isle Men
80(1)
Mary Ann Cameron
Hearing
81(1)
Haiku '84
82(1)
Norene Cashen
Smallness: Ann Mikolowski's Aris Koutroulis (1985)
83(1)
Leon Chamberlain
Highland Park
84(2)
Hayan Charara
Angelus Novus
86(1)
Jesus Turns Asphalt into Bread
87(2)
Esperanza M. Cintron
Street Market Requiem
89(3)
James Clay
Where Gardens Grow
92(3)
Andrei Codrescu
Detroit Love Song
95(5)
Walter Cox
Rosedale Street
100(1)
Stella Crews
Detroit Is in Renaissance
101(2)
Robert Dana
Simple
103(3)
Jim Daniels
Hard Rock
106(1)
Detroit Hymns, Christmas Eve
107(1)
from Time, Temperature
108(3)
Toi Derricotte
St. Peter Claver
111(1)
Blackbottom
112(1)
Mark Donovan
HIP1
113(1)
HIP2
114(1)
Gloria Dyc
Cargo of Grace
115(1)
On Seeing Old Friends in Detroit
115(4)
Henrietta Epstein
Confession of the Rouge Park Killer
119(1)
Wedding Photograph: Detroit 1935
120(3)
Linda Nemec Foster
Detroit
123(1)
Larry Gabriel
Cold Hands in the Urban Village
124(1)
Band of Gypsies
124(1)
Crosstown Traffic
125(1)
Joan Gartland
Etyptian Gallery in August: Detroit 1994
126(1)
Song in Tender Black
127(2)
Jose Garza
On Leaving You
129(2)
Dan Georgakas
Remembering Detroit 1973
131(1)
October Song
132(1)
Charles A. Gervin
My Sister Chicken Recalls How She Listened to the Supremes on the Radio as a Young Girl
133(1)
Michele Gibbs
Message from the Meridian
134(3)
Someday
137(3)
Perri Giovannucci
Cadillac Dreams of the Detroit River
140(2)
Maurice Greenia, Jr.
Poem in Memory of Artworks on the Hudson's Building
142(3)
Jim Gustafson
Jukebox
145(2)
Aurora Harris
Jitterbug, Jazz and the Graystone
147(4)
Bill Harris
Get Off the Bus
151(1)
Detroit Blues
151(1)
Elegy
152(1)
Kaleema Hasan
Envisioning Greed as Hope
153(2)
Robert Hayden
Elegies for Paradise Valley
155(6)
Errol A. Henderson
Support Your Local Police: What We Pay Our Police For?
161(3)
Barbara Henning
As a Corrective
164(2)
Lolita Hernandez
Garcia's Market
166(1)
Quiet Battles
167(2)
Jerry Herron
The Passion of Edsel Ford
169(6)
Ellen Hildreth
The Heidelberg Project
175(1)
Edward Hirsch
Three Journeys
176(3)
Ann Holdreith
Birth
179(1)
Dan Hughes
To Mary
180(1)
Falling
180(1)
Ugolino of Detroit
181(1)
Kim Hunter
Born on Slow Knives
182(3)
Clark Iverson
Where I Grew Up
185(1)
Murray Jackson
Dudley Randall
186(1)
8 Ball in Side Pocket
187(1)
Geoffrey Jacques
Giant
188(1)
The Blab of the Pave
189(3)
Stephen Jones
A Rose for Brian
192(1)
Lawrence Joseph
Curriculum Vitae
193(3)
Nubia Kai
Joe Louis
196(4)
Aneb Kgositsile
Calling All Brothers
200(3)
Faye Kicknosway
Detroit
203(3)
Margo Lagattuta
Alone in America
206(1)
Oliver Lagrone
I Heard the Byrd
207(1)
To Rosa Lee Parks
208(1)
Bard of Hastings Street Bar
209(2)
Christine Lahey
Afterglow
211(1)
Motor City Men
212(2)
Michael Lauchlan
Elephants
214(1)
Liturgy on Trumbull
215(1)
Janet Lawless
Fallen
216(2)
Philip Levine
The New World
218(1)
Photography 2
219(1)
Salt and Oil
220(4)
M. L. Liebler
Save the Frescoes That Are Us
224(1)
Mass Production
225(1)
Straw Boss Dream
226(1)
Naomi Long Madgett
City Nights
227(1)
Grand Circus Park
228(1)
Good News
229(1)
Mike Madias
The Street Life
230(2)
Peter Markus
Breakdown
232(2)
Marc Maurus
Five/Eight Time
234(2)
Judith McCombs
In Praise of the Natural Flowing
236(2)
Raymond P. McKinney
Things Ain't What They Used to Be
238(3)
Ken Mikolowski
January in Detroit
241(3)
Derek P. Miller
The Trans-Siberian Express
244(3)
Mary Minock
Down by the Boulevard Dock
247(3)
The Wild Flowers of Detroit
250(3)
Christine Monhollen
Solstice
253(2)
Wardell Montgomery, Jr.
Roses Are Red
255(2)
Jessica Care Moore
Black Coals with Diamond Hearts
257(3)
Jan Mordenski
In the Sixties, They Banned Fireworks at Edgewater Park
260(1)
Like Colavito
261(2)
Edward Morin
Facing Away from Detroit
263(1)
Ted Nagy
Beneath the Grand Heaven
264(2)
Schaarazetta Natelege
Strait City
266(2)
David J. Nelson
The Father the Son and the Spirit
268(3)
Kristin Palm
Motor City Trilogy
271(6)
Ted Pearson
from The Blue Table
277(1)
from Coulomb's Law
278(1)
Sarah Jeanne Peters
My Light
279(1)
Tom Peters, Jr.
Ode to a '64 Chrysler
280(2)
T. R. Peters, Sr.
Ghosts of the Central Area: Detroit
282(2)
Lawrence Pike
After Attending a Poetry Reading on February 14
284(1)
Lines from a Highland Parker
285(2)
Aaron Ibin Pori Pitts
An Epitah for Ogun in 16 Movementz
287(2)
Sonya Marie Pouncy
Detroit Poem: Part One
289(3)
Dudley Randall
Old Witherington
292(1)
George
293(1)
Bag Woman
294(1)
Jon Randall
DE-troit Summerscene
295(1)
Kevin Rashid
An Invitation
296(1)
Historical
297(2)
Marilynn Rashid
Zena
299(1)
Shooting at No One
300(1)
Eugene B. Redmond
Aerolingual Poet of Prey
301(2)
Detroit Circa 1989/90
303(1)
John R. Reed
Scrapyards: Eastside Detroit
304(2)
Leslie Reese
I Love You (The Heidelberg Project)
306(2)
Rod Reinhart
Detroit 1983: I Am Waiting
308(2)
Judith Roche
Serious Childhood
310(2)
Michele Valerie Ronnick
Conditor Huius Urbis: A Triptych for Mr. Woodward (1774-1827)
312(2)
Irene Rosemond
Jazz/Blues/Jazz
314(2)
Michael Ashton Rosemond
Mothering Birds
316(2)
John Rybicki
Gravity
318(1)
Osvaldo R. Sabino
Chameleon Posing with a Passport
319(1)
Jacqueline Rae Rawlson Sanchez
Drew's Mom
320(2)
Trinidad Sanchez, Jr.
Why Am I So Brown?
322(1)
Let Us Stop This Madness
323(3)
Steven Schreiner
Passion Fruit
326(1)
Denise Sedman
Untitled
327(3)
Semaj
The Jonahs
330(3)
Dennis Shea
Random Beyond the Confidence Line on the First Day of School
333(2)
John Sinclair
The Screamers
335(1)
consequences
336(2)
Ella Singer
15th and Dalzelle Streets
338(2)
W. D. Snodgrass
Old Apple Trees
340(3)
Elizabeth Anne Socolow
A Woman Singing the Blues while Cleaning House in Detroit
343(2)
Keith Carter Sterling
Detroit Grand Prix
345(3)
Renee Tambeau
Renaissance
348(1)
1967
349(1)
Teresa Tan
I will never understand the city
350(2)
Keith Taylor
Detroit Dancing 1948
352(2)
Dennis Teichman
Uprising
354(2)
Epilogue
356(1)
Stephen Tudor
Factories along the River
357(1)
Detroit River North to South
358(3)
Chris Tysh
6/To Rehearse
361(1)
7/As Quoted Before
362(1)
George Tysh
Aire
363(1)
Babes
364(1)
Melanie Van Der Tuin
Detroit
365(5)
Hilda Vest
Mandela Comes to Motown
370(1)
Chant on US-80
370(2)
Anca Vlasopolos
March of Dimes, April in Detroit
372(1)
Late Encounter
373(2)
Rayfield Waller
Ron Allen's Poem
375(1)
Literally, for Elegance You Went
375(3)
David Watson
Trust Jesus
378(1)
Barrett Watten
Tibet
379(2)
from Under Erasure
381(4)
Kim Webb
Human Nature
385(1)
Mary Ann Wehler
They Walked a Mile for a Camel, the Man's Cigarette
386(1)
Karen Williams
Tearing Down ``N'' Building at Old Eloise Hospital for a New Golf Course
387(2)
Tyrone Williams
The Grace of God
389(1)
Alternative Difference
390(2)
Willie Williams
Many Marvelously Colored Memories
392(1)
Where Did Her Love Go?
393(2)
Notes on the Poems 395(8)
Contributors and Credits 403

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