The Martin Bormann Dog Care Book

The Martin Bormann Dog Care Book

by Michael R Brown

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Overview

The Martin Bormann Dog Care Book takes its title from a poem written in 1970 when Richard Nixon was president. Michael Brown was finishing his dissertation on the major poets of the Harlem Renaissance while he shared an apartment in Ann Arbor with a young couple who let him sleep on their water bed while they were working in Western Michigan. These events fused when the couple brought home a puppy and a behavioralist dog training book. Reaching back to 1930’s Germany and carrying forth into the first Nixon election and the continued mess of the war in Vietnam and racial injustice in the US, that one poem became, like the heart of a crystal, a seed for the agonies of the times then and resurgent political turmoil extending into the US today. The sections of the book evoke public life, finances, color, and war. As with Susquehanna (Ragged Sky, 2003), a number of the poems here are dedicated to or inspired by fellow activists, students, scientists, war veterans, and renowned people of color.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780998819525
Publisher: Resolute Bear Press
Publication date: 07/10/2018
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.34(d)

About the Author

When Michael Brown graduated from college in 1962, he moved immediately to Philadelphia and enrolled in the Intern Teaching Program at Temple University. He taught at William Penn High, an all-black high school for girls. No one then was teaching writing, but doing that would make the students employable. When they began writing, Brown began, too. After an additional two years in Bucks County, with his master's degree and a couple of summers teaching at Temple, the University of Michigan enrolled him in a double major in English and Education. Campus politics gave his writing a political turn. His dissertation covered the poets of the Harlem Renaissance, directed by Robert Hayden.

East Texas State University hired him to head a Ph.D. program in the teaching of English. He published his first poems. Through the 1970's he moved to Central (Ohio) State, Western Michigan University, and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

In 1983 Chicago State hired him. He was an exchange professor in South Korea for two years. By 1990 he became involved with the poetry slam, married the best-known performer, and moved with her to Boston. He settled at Mount Ida College, eventually as Director of the Communications Program. Meanwhile, he and his wife started the Boston Poetry Slam at the Cantab, a venue that continues today. Such prominence in slam and poetry brought trips to Europe, exchanges with Irish artists, and coordinating the first Poetry Olympics in Stockholm. Falling Wallendas (1994) was published by Tia Chucha. Susquehanna (Ragged Sky) and The Man Who Makes Amusement Rides (Hanover) came out in 2003. The Confidence Man (Ragged Sky) in 2006.

In 2007, he and Valerie Lawson moved to Downeast Maine where they take in retired sled dogs. For eight years they published the poetry quarterly Off the Coast and now run Resolute Bear Press. Their front windows look across the Passamaquoddy Bay to St. Andrews, NB. He continues to teach and write. The Martin Bormann Dog Care Book collects political poems from the last 50 years.

Table of Contents

Contents

Citizenship

The Acorn

Archeologists

Alexander Maxwell Garrison

Frayed Plaid Robes

Matins

Comparatives

The Blue Door

Before the Great Depression

Tea

The Colorado

Weather Watch

Any Summer Day

The Aluminum Helmet

One Voyage

Another Metropolis

The Fisherman

Empty Winners

Repairs

Color

Deterrence

The Shortest Month

East St. Louis, 1917

The Fiery Furnace

Collaboration

Envy

Crossing the Street

The Brown Bug

Can You Sing?

Runagate

Miss Brooks

Native Art

28 THINGS FOR WHITE PEOPLE TO DO DURING BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Money

Brookline Ladies

The Potter’s Mistress

The Hot Shot Café Room

Fins

Three Loons

Kaddish

Hard Times

Rusman’s

Gallery

Star Dance

The Lady Who Coils the Cables

Happy Day

Politics

Spring

The General Direction…

Komarovsky

Mournful Wail

La Lecture a la Robbe-Grillet

Forget Paris

No Defense Needed

Killers

The Comedian

Gloria Lynne

Catherine the Great

The Badger and the Bear

Mary Magdalen

Tender Analysis

The Emotions of Dreams

Cro-Magnon

Don L. Lee at the CCCC

Pop!

Parents Held Hostage

Word Problems

City of Night

Chusok

Man and Souperman

Human Engineering

A Pleasant Young Man

Galileo’s Apology

Frederick Douglass

Delta Evening

The Martin Bormann Dog Care Book

Over and Over

Face It War

King Philip’s Head

In Memory

The Whiskey Rebellion

Gettysburg

Dry Tank

All Quiet

Turtles

Dave’s Cave

The Last Nightmare

What Old Men Know

Absalom, Absalom

At the Table

Priests’ Skulls

Like Kings

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

BIOGRAPHY

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