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UKArchive ID: 30658Detroit by ChairmanWow
Originally published on June 17, 2013 in Poetry    

A poem about a tragic city.



The Nihilist
in that Russian novel
puts a pistol
to his head
and says,
"I'm going to America,"
pulls the trigger.

I am already in America,
me, Detroit, "The Paris
of the Midwest."
Once I was
the great nursery
of automobile freedom
and Motown music;
now I am a bullet hole
in the skull
of a corpse
that keeps walking.

© ChairmanWow (chairmanwow on OLD UKA)
UKArchive ID: 30658
Archived comments for Detroit
Hekkus on 18-06-2013
Detroit
Interesting analogy between a city and a person. Effective imagery.

Author's Reply:
Yes, nihilism destroys individual lives and the life of a city.

Ralph

amman on 19-06-2013
Detroit
Hi Ralph.
Strong analogy of a once proud and bustling city now in decline.
Very effective.
Cheers.
Tony.

Author's Reply:
Tony,
Decline is too mild a word for what has happened to Detroit and many other eastern U.S. cities. THere is nothing in Europe to compare it to, at least since World War 2.

Ralph

Nomenklatura on 19-06-2013
Detroit
In the words of that great nihilist, Alfred E. Neuman 'What me, worry?'

Very good stuff.

Author's Reply:
Ha-ha, that's right, Nome. I can picture the Detroit edition of Mad Magazine.

Ralph

ifyouplease on 19-06-2013
Detroit
very interesting, good stuff i agree.

Author's Reply:
Thanks for the comment.

Andrea on 19-06-2013
Detroit
I passed through Detroit once, just on the way to the airport. Unutterably depressing. Brilliant pome, Ralph, captures the spirit well.

Author's Reply:
Thanks for another great comment Andrea.

Ralph

Nomenklatura on 26-06-2013
Detroit
Just returning to say that I'm glad this got a nib.

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