Michigan

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Writing Program Western Michigan University Michigan
Writing Program Wayne State University Michigan
Reading Series University of Michigan Reading Series Michigan
Writing Program University of Michigan Michigan
Literary Magazine Third Coast Michigan
Landmark Theodore Roethke’s House Michigan
Conference The Rochester Writers' Conference at Oakland University Michigan
Poetry-Friendly Bookstore The Cottage Book Shop Michigan
Poetry-Friendly Bookstore Schuler Books & Music - Okemos Michigan
Poetry-Friendly Bookstore Schuler Books & Music - Lansing Michigan

poems

poem
            after the news of the dead 
            whether or not we knew them we are saying thank you 
			—W.S. Merwin


A blanket of fresh snow
makes any neighborhood idyllic.
Dearborn Heights indistinguishable from Baldwin Hills,
South Central even—
until a thawing happens and residents emerge
into
poem

                                   1.

The backstory’s always of hardship, isn’t it?
                       No-other-choices and hoping-for-better
            on foreign shores. A minute ago, as measured

by the sand dunes here, the shipping lanes were thick
                       with them

poem

Leo's Tool & Die, 1950

In the early morning before the shop
opens, men standing out in the yard
on pine planks over the umber mud.
The oil drum, squat, brooding, brimmed
with metal scraps, three-armed crosses,
silver shavings whitened with milky oil,
drill bits bitten off. The light