Roses are red, violets are blue, and young poets in Detroit are writing much better poetry than that, thanks to Citywide Poets. This was amply demonstrated last night by the Scratch the Page event at the Virgil Carr Center, where young poets from the Citywide Poets program and program alum Will Langford took to the stage to read their poems. Before the reading, Langford worked with the young poets to hear their ideas and polish their poems. Bianca Goule, from Redford Township, moved the audience with her poem A Little Girl Was Born.
The program is sponsored by the Inside Out Literary Arts Program with grants from various sources. Next month's Scratch the Page event is slated for March 13 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), featuring published poet Nandi Comer, according to the Inside Out Detroit website. The venues chosen for the Scratch the Page events are "venues that support the arts," explained Norene Cashen, Citywide Poets Coordinator. Detroit Vegan Soul catered the event.