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Abandon Automobile : Detroit City Poetry

Abandon Automobile : Detroit City Poetry - 01 edition

ISBN13: 978-0814328101

Cover of Abandon Automobile : Detroit City Poetry 01 (ISBN 978-0814328101)
ISBN13: 978-0814328101
ISBN10: 0814328105
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 01
Publisher: Wayne State U. Press
Published: 2001
International: No

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Abandon Automobile : Detroit City Poetry - 01 edition

ISBN13: 978-0814328101

Melba Joyce Boyd

ISBN13: 978-0814328101
ISBN10: 0814328105
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 01
Publisher: Wayne State U. Press

Published: 2001
International: No
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 flourished at poetry slams, at open mic readings, and through independent poetry presses.

Readers will find that one doesn't need to be a Detroit native to enjoy the many themes of this anthology. The poems bring to life Detroit's history as a port city, life in the automobile factories, Detroit's checkered past and the race riots, the cultural experiences of Detroit's diverse population, Motown's music scene, and its urban and political struggles. 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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