Abandon Automobile: Detroit City Poetry 2001

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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, ...
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Overview

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. 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. Readers will find that one doesn't need to be a Detroit native to enjoy the many themes of this anthology. The exciting range of voices represented in this collection will appeal to anyone interested in poetry, regional literature, and urban life.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814328101
  • Publisher: Wayne State University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 424
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Melba Joyce Boyd is the chair of the Department of Africana Studies at Wayne State University. She is the author of five books of poetry, including Song for Maya (Broadside Press/Detroit River Press, 1983), The Inventory of Black Roses (Past Tents Press, 1989), and Letters to Ché (Ridgeway Press, 1996), and the author of Discarded Legacy: Politics and Poetics in the Life of Frances E. W. Harper, 1825-1911 (Wayne State University Press, 1994).

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, including Written in Rain (Tebot Bach Press, 2000), and Stripping the Adult Century Bare (Viet Nam Generation Press, 1995).

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Table of Contents

Preface 19
Introduction 23
Sunstruck 35
Stereo Links 37
Incinerator 39
The Phraseology of a Mood 41
Trumbull Song 43
For D.M. 46
Motoring 48
They Say God Marks 50
You'd Have to See It 52
The Numbers 52
Chene Park 53
Four Decades Ago 55
Kantos 57
Morning 85 59
Reader Response 60
February Teacher 61
We Want Our City Back 63
the view of blue 66
The Burial of a Building 68
Detroit Summers 72
Detroit City 73
Squatter's Rights 74
People Don't Die Just So You Can Write a Poem about Them 76
I Have My James Schuyler Too 76
Eastside Hypocrite 78
Detroit, City of Straits 79
The Belle Isle Men 80
Hearing 81
Haiku '84 82
Smallness: Ann Mikolowski's Aris Koutroulis (1985) 83
Highland Park 84
Angelus Novus 86
Jesus Turns Asphalt into Bread 87
Street Market Requiem 89
Where Gardens Grow 92
Detroit Love Song 95
Rosedale Street 100
Detroit Is in Renaissance 101
Simple 103
Hard Rock 106
Detroit Hymns, Christmas Eve 107
from Time, Temperature 108
St. Peter Claver 111
Blackbottom 112
HIP 1 113
HIP 2 114
Cargo of Grace 115
On Seeing Old Friends in Detroit 115
Confession of the Rouge Park Killer 119
Wedding Photograph: Detroit 1935 120
Detroit 123
Cold Hands in the Urban Village 124
Band of Gypsies 124
Crosstown Traffic 125
Egyptian Gallery in August: Detroit 1994 126
Song in Tender Black 127
On Leaving You 129
Remembering Detroit 1973 131
October Song 132
My Sister Chicken Recalls How She Listened to the Supremes on the Radio as a Young Girl 133
Message from the Meridian 134
Someday 137
Cadillac Dreams of the Detroit River 140
Poem in Memory of Artworks on the Hudson's Building 142
Jukebox 145
Jitterbug, Jazz and the Graystone 147
Get Off the Bus 151
Detroit Blues 151
Elegy 152
Envisioning Greed as Hope 153
Elegies for Paradise Valley 155
Support Your Local Police: What We Pay Our Police For? 161
Aa a Corrective 164
Garcia's Market 166
Quiet Battles 167
The Passion of Edsel Ford 169
The Heidelberg Project 175
Three Journeys 176
Birth 179
To Mary 180
Falling 180
Ugolino of Detroit 181
Born on Slow Knives 182
Where I Grew Up 185
Dudley Randall 186
8 Ball in Side Pocket 187
Giant 188
The Blab of the Pave 189
A Rose for Brian 192
Curriculum Vitae 193
Joe Louis 196
Calling All Brothers 200
Detroit 203
Alone in America 206
I Heard the Byrd 207
To Rosa Lee Parks 208
Bard of Hasting Street Bar 209
Afterglow 211
Motor City Men 212
Elephants 214
Liturgy on Trumbull 215
Fallen 216
The New World 218
Photography 2 219
Salt and Oil 220
Save the Frescoes That Are Us 224
Mass Production 225
Straw Boss Dream 226
City Nights 227
Grand Circus Park 228
Good News 229
The Street Life 230
Breakdown 232
Five/Eight Time 234
In Praise of the Natural Flowing 236
Things Ain't What They Used to Be 238
January in Detroit 241
The Trans-Siberian Express 244
Down by the Boulevard Dock 247
The Wild Flowers of Detroit 250
Solstice 253
Roses Are Red 255
Black Coals with Diamond Hearts 257
In the Sixties, They Banned Fireworks at Edgewater Park 260
Like Colavito 261
Facing Away from Detroit 263
Beneath the Grand Heaven 264
Strait City 266
The Father the Son and the Spirit 268
Motor City Trilogy 271
from The Blue Table 277
from Coulomb's Law 278
My Light 279
Ode to a '64 Chrysler 280
Ghosts of the Central Area: Detroit 282
After Attending a Poetry Reading on February 14 284
Lines from a Highland Parker 285
An Epitah for Ogun in 16 Movementz 287
Detroit Poem: Part One 289
Old Witherington 292
George 293
Bag Woman 294
DE-troit Summerscene 295
An Invitation 296
Historical 297
Zena 299
Shooting at No One 300
Aerolingual Poet of Prey 301
Detroit Circa 1989/90 303
Scrapyards: Eastside Detroit 304
I Love You (The Heidelberg Project) 306
Detroit 1983: I Am Waiting 308
Serious Childhood 310
Conditor Huius Urbis: A Triptych for Mr. Woodward (1774-1827) 312
Jazz/Blues/Jazz 314
Mothering Birds 316
Gravity 318
Chameleon Posing with a Passport 319
Drew's Mom 320
Why Am I So Brown? 322
Let Us Stop This Madness 323
Passion Fruit 326
Untitled 327
The Jonahs 330
Random Beyond the Confidence Line on the First Day of School 333
The Screamers 335
consequences 336
15th and Dalzelle Streets 338
Old Apple Trees 340
A Woman Singing the Blues while Cleaning House in Detroit 343
Detroit Grand Prix 345
Renaissance 348
1967 349
i will never understand the city 350
Detroit Dancing 1948 352
Uprising 354
Epilogue 356
Factories along the River 357
Detroit River North to South 358
6/To Rehearse 361
7/As Quoted Before 362
Aire 363
Babes 364
Detroit 365
Mandela Comes to Motown 370
Chant on US-80 370
March of Dimes, April in Detroit 372
Late Encounter 373
Ron Allen's Poem 375
Literally, for Elegance You Went 375
Trust Jesus 378
Tibet 379
from Under Erasure 381
Human Nature 385
They Walked a Mile for a Camel, the Man's Cigarette 386
Tearing Down "N" Building at Old Eloise Hospital for a New Golf Course 387
The Grace of God 389
Alternative Difference 390
Many Marvelously Colored Memories 392
Where Did Her Love Go? 393
Notes on the Poems 395
Contributors and Credits 403
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