Last night I had the pleasure of attending a celebration of Citywide Poets, recipients of a 2009 Coming Up Taller Award, an initiative of the President’s Committee on the Arts & Humanities – an award conferred by Michelle Obama (swoon!) in a ceremony at the White House in early November.
Back home, at the ceremony hosted by MOCAD, we the people got to hear from poets Myriha Burton, Robyn Arnett, Lena Cintron, Joseph Verge, and Andrew Hawkes, whose poetic conflation of meatloaf and saffron, the immigrant experience meets meat’n’potatoes USA, was one of the evening’s highlights; and there were many. Shout out to young Detroit poets! You made me laugh out loud, you made me go silent, you made me feel your energy, your imagery, your passion. You make us all proud.