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Abandon Automobile

Detroit City Poetry 2001

Edited by Melba Joyce Boyd and M. L. Liebler

By WSU Faculty, Detroit, Poetry

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Published: September 2001
ISBN: 9780814328101
Pages: 424 Size: 6x9

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.

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).

Contributors Include:
Aaron Ibin Pori Pitts, Alise Alousi, Alvin Aubert, Anca Vlasopolos, Andrei Codrescu, Aneb Kgositsile, Ann Holdreith, Anthony Butts, Aurora Harris, Barbara Henning, Barrett Watten, Bill Harris, Charles A. Gervin, Chris Tysh, Christine Lahey, Christine Monhollen, Clark Iverson, Dan Georgakas, Daniel Hughes, David J. Nelson, David Watson, Denise Sedman, Dennis Shea, Dennis Teichman, Derek P. Miller, Donna Brook, Dudley Randall, Edward Hirsch, Edward Morin, Elizabeth Anne Socolow, Ella Singer, Ellen Hildreth, Errol A. Henderson, Esperanza M. Cintrón, Eugene B. Redmond, Faraq Z. Bey, Faye Kicknosway, Geoffrey Jacques, George Tysh, Gloria Dyc, Hayan Charara, Henrietta Epstein, Hilda Vest, Irene Rosemond, Irvine Barat, Jacqueline Rae Rawlson Sanchez, James Burdine, James Clay, Jan Mordenski, Janet Lawless, Jerry Herron, Jessica Care Moore, Jill Witherspoon Boyer, Jim Daniels, Jim Gustafson, Joan Gartland, John R. Reed, John Rybicki, John Sinclair, Jon Randall, José Garza, Judith McCombs, Judith Roche, Kaleema Hasan, Karen Williams, Keith Carter Sterling, Keith Taylor, Ken Mikolowski, Kevin Rashid, kim d. hunter, Kim Webb, Kristin Palm, Larry Gabriel, Lawrence Joseph, Lawrence Pike, Leon Chamberlain, Leslie Reese, Linda Nemec Foster, Lolita Hernandez, M. L. Liebler, Marc Maurus, Margo Lagattuta, Marilynn Rashid, Mark Donovan, Mary Ann Cameron, Mary Ann Wehler, Mary Minock, Maurice Greenia, Melanie Van Der Tuin, Melba Joyce Boyd, Michael Ashton Rosemond, Michael Lauchlan, Michele Gibbs, Michele Valerie Ronnick, Mike Madias, Mitzi Alvin, Murray Jackson, Naomi Long Madgett, Norene Cashen, Nubia Kai, Oliver Lagrone, Olivia V. Ambrogio, Osvaldo R. Sabino, Perri Giovannucci, Peter Markus, Philip Levine, Rayfield Waller, Raymond P. McKinney, Renée Tambeau, Robert Dana, Robert Hayden, Rod Reinhart, Ron Allen, Sadio Bey, Saladin Ahmed, Sarah Addae, Sarah Jeanne Peters, Schaarazetta Natelege, Semaj, Sonya Marie Pouncy, Stella Crews, Stephen Jones, Stephen Tudor, Steven Schreiner, T. R. Peters, Sr., Ted Nagy, Ted Pearson, Teresa Tan, Terry Blackhawk, Toi Derricotte, Tom Peters, Trinidad Sánchez, Tyrone Williams, W. D. Snodgrass, Walter Cox, Wardell Montgomery, William Boyer, Willie Williams

The middle of our country, in and around Detroit, is a place that is alive and animated with poets. Here is a rich and diverse collection of poetry-so much of the highest quality-equal to what any city, state, or even nation, could provide. This is a poetry of resistance and humanity, a testament to a locale which also achieves universal appeal."-Barry Wallenstein, City College of New York

– Barry Wallenstein, City College of New York

Abandon Automobile: Detroit City Poetry 2001 is an exciting and necessary addition to the growing body of working-class literature with all its energy and vitality, its industrial-strength grit, its clarity and honesty. These poems are so alive, they practically leap off the page. This book is not to be missed."

– Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Paterson Poetry Center, Passaic Community College