Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Joy Gaines-Friedler: Detroit

I think of the sound of factories in the voice
of an old boyfriend from The Cass Corridor –
cocoon of his attic bedroom, mattress on the floor,
candle light and books in that long season of snow

February 17, 2021 · 12 Comments

Video: Joe Biden and Elizabeth Alexander discuss “Those Winter Sundays” by Robert Hayden

President-elect Joe Biden, poet Elizabeth Alexander, psychologist Angela Duckworth, and a chorus of working fathers and sons join Poetry in America host Elisa New to reflect on Robert Hayden’s sonnet “Those Winter Sundays.”

February 7, 2021 · 4 Comments

Philip Levine: They Feed They Lion

They feed they Lion and he comes

November 20, 2020 · 5 Comments

George Drew: I Know You’re in Detroit

Aretha, I apologize for having never written a poem
for or about you, not in all the Hit Parades of years
I’ve grooved to you…

November 7, 2020 · 1 Comment

Laura Gottesdiener: A Foreclosure Conveyor Belt

The Continuing Depopulation of Detroit Unlike so many industrial innovations, the revolving door was not developed in Detroit. It took its first spin in Philadelphia in 1888, the brainchild of … Continue reading

May 4, 2015 · 1 Comment

Terry Blackhawk: A Poet in Every School

The Inside Out Literary Arts Program is in its fourth year at Detroit’s Marcus Garvey K-8 Academy and, thanks to a determined group of parent activists who obtained a grant from … Continue reading

March 24, 2015 · 2 Comments

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