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Thanks to all who came out to Literary Life Bookstore in Grand Rapids today for my reading and workshop. In the workshop, entitled “Through the Lens: Micro-Images in Poetry,” we discussed Rilke’s notion of “Seeing,” Plath’s journals, as well as examined poems by Sherry Fairchok, Wesley McNair, Dorianne Laux, Michael Ryan, Charles Simic and Franz Wright, particularly looking at how these poets and others use various angles and lenses to create the short films that are their poems. It was also great to see poet Charlie Brice, who drove from Pittsburgh, as well as some of my local Grand Rapids favorites, poets Zachary Tomaszewski from Literary LIfe Bookstore, and Linda Nemec Foster, former GR poet laureate, and her awesome husband Tony. Next time you’re in Grand Rapids, dear readers: stop by Literary Life--a terrific independent bookseller that supports their community, and does much to publicize the work of local writers. Oh: and Brick Road Pizza. Wow. What an amazing menu.

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