African American poets gave a glimpse into what W.E.B. Dubois famously identified as 'The Souls of Black Folks.' Our students honored their poetic forbears which was also a manifesto about the importance of poetry in young people's lives.
It must be no accident that National Poetry Month starts on April 1st, because what are poems but a fine foolery, or a fine frenzy as Theseus would have it, in Act V of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.
We at InsideOut Literary Arts gave a cheer at the news that Naomi Long Madgett was awarded the 2012 Kresge Eminent Artist Award. She continues to be a powerful, generous force for poetry in Detroit and around the country.