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Pages Bookshop Presents: Herbert Woodward Martin with Melba Boyd and M.L. Liebler

We are thrilled to have poet Herbert Woodward Martin at Pages to celebrate the release of his newest collection of poetry, "The Shape of Regret" described by poet and professor Robert Fanning as "pitch-perfect-tuned in poems that map the human heart like sonar."

Herbert will be joined by writers M.L. Liebler and Melba Boyd. This event is free and open to the public. Herbert's book will be available for sale before and after the event.

About the Shape of Regret:

The Shape of Regret is a new poetry collection with a long shelf life, something that will be whispered about—gossiped about—by creative readers and writers for years to come. Herbert Woodward Martin is an acclaimed professor and influential American poet who has been known to inspire and encourage.

To create his poems, Martin draws from his own life, experiences, and passions. Many of the poems speak directly or indirectly to poets who have shaped or interested Martin, including Hart Crane, William Carlos Williams, Lucille Clifton, Jackson Mac Low, and Robert Frost. He also gives further voice and testimony to the African American experience both in the present and the past. An early reader of the collection said that Martin "continues to contribute to the canon. As an African American poet, he incorporates voices, a range of perspectives, and a unique approach to conveying and incorporating culture into literary language."

Martin has been clear that his intention with this collection is to gather as many interesting ideas as possible in one place. His aim is, and has always been, to witness a thriving poetry community—one in which poets of all backgrounds can learn from each other and continue to grow together. The Shape of Regret is a wonderful place to either start or revive one’s love of poetry.

HERBERT WOODWARD MARTIN with The Shape of Regret has published ten volumes of poems. between Michigan and Ohio he has taught approximately four decades. He was a Fulbright Scholar to The University of Pecs in Pecs, Hungary. He has spent three decades of editing and researching the works of Paul Laurence Dunbar. For that work he has be awarded Four Honorary Doctor Degrees.

DR. MELBA JOYCE BOYD is a Distinguished Professor in African American Studies at Wayne State University and an award-winning author of 13 books, nine of which are poetry. Boyd’s critically acclaimed and widely reviewed, Discarded Legacy: Politics and Poetics in the Life of Frances E. W. Harper, 1825-1911, was the first comprehensive study on Harper. Boyd’s poetry, essays and creative nonfiction have appeared in anthologies, academic journals, cultural periodicals and newspapers in the United States and Europe. She has a Doctor of Arts in English from the University of Michigan, and B.A. and M.A. degrees in English from Western Michigan University.

M. L. LIEBLER is an internationally known Detroit poet, university professor, literary arts activist. He is the author of 13 books, and he is St. Clair Shores’ (his hometown) first Poet Laureate. Liebler has taught English and Labor Studies at Wayne State University since 1980, and he is the founding director of both The National Writer's Voice Project in Detroit and the Springfed Arts: Metro Detroit Writers. He received The Barnes & Noble Poets & Writers Writers for Writers Award. His groundbreaking working class literary anthology from The Coffee House Press (Working Words: Punching the Clock and Kicking Out the Jams) a Michigan Library Notable Book Award for 2011.

Monday, October 28, 2019
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Pages Bookshop
19560 Grand River Ave.
Detroit MI
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The Shape of Regret

Poems by Herbert Woodward Martin

An authentic voice that is reflective of the author’s sincere appreciation for poetry.

Published: October 2019
ISBN: 9780814347249
Published: October 2019
ISBN: 9780814347256