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 Writer's 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
In the house in Detroit
in a room of shadows
when grandma reads her Arabic newspaper
it is difficult for me to follow her
word by word from right to left
and I do not understand
why she smiles about the Jews
who won't do business in Beirut
"because the Lebanese
are more Jew than Jew,"
or whether to believe her
poem

—Detroit, Michigan

Broad-ribbed leaves of the calathea plant
trickle water down into the mouth of its pot
as if it's still fighting off competitors in the wild

as kittens scamper past, the knees of their 
hind legs bending backwards with inhuman
ease, like teenage boys leaping for rebounds
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