Detroit Poem: “Waking Up At Home” by Leslie Reese

This morning I completed reading Detroit Resurgent. Writing my impressions of the book proves to be challenging because of the strong emotions I have about my hometown, which I visit regularly. Today—instead of posting about Detroit Resurgent—I am posting another of my Detroit Poems, “Waking Up At Home.” I will post about the book later….

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Love At First Sight: The Woman Who Read Too Much by Bahiyyih Nakhjavani

When you are roaming around in bookstores and libraries, or maybe waiting for your prescription to be filled at a drugstore, what is it about a book that will make you walk over and get physically acquainted with it? Is it the book’s title? Is it something visual like cover illustrations or design? Maybe even…

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“Reading Opens Up My Imagination”

My nine-year-old nephew Caleb qualifies as a bonafide nerd—and I mean this in a spirit of utmost admiration. One afternoon recently when I was visiting he jumped-up and said “It’s time for me to read, now. This is my favorite part of doing my homework.” (His older siblings snicker about him in a proud way…

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Detroit Poem: “I Love You (The Heidelberg Project)” by Leslie Reese

I Love You (The Heidelberg Project) for Tyree Guyton I love you I know the workings seem obtuse in this rubble glitter sanctuary you portrait my face like doll’s my knees burnt by pavement and eye-blinking teeth-missing kids blooming heartflowers from a window box of thundering polka-dots & new psalms scripted in the queen anne’s…

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Soulful Nourishment: Getting A Whiff of Julie Dash’s New Project

This morning while reading one of my favorite blogs—Michael Twitty’s Afroculinaria—I learned about a very important project that I have to mention here on folklore & literacy. It represents a wonderful convergence of many of my favorite things: folklove expressed through storytelling art, food, culture, history, and memory! I sigh with longing just thinking about…

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Little Leslie’s Report

In these last several weeks I’ve discovered that some topics that I’ve been trying to write about and post to my blog are requiring more thought, more questions, and more research than I foresaw when I began. Not really a problem, except that my blogging schedule (did I really have one?) is a bit out…

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Black History Month Observance: A Collaboration Between Myself & A Stranger

Yesterday I opted to enjoy a “Fishy” salad (yes, it really is called a “Fishy” salad on the menu) at Z & H Market Cafe while catching-up on my reading. I felt woefully behind on my reading of The Mis-Education of the Negro by Carter G. Woodson—one of the books I chose to read especially…

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