A brand new collection of poems by longtime Detroit poet and founder of the historical and legendary The Detroit Artists Workshop.
The premise of this volume is that these poems were recorded in collaboration with the physiology, the psychological space, the physical environment, and the spiritual ambience of the moment. These are the forces with which I interact in the improvisations that create the tunes. First one voice and then another. Each contributing to the flow as the form is discovered and brought to the surface.
The concept of this poetry collection is that of a vinyl record in the Blue Note tradition where the tracks are labeled and the needle can be dropped on the tune desired—a single listen from beginning to end, a side-one to side-two parsing over a period of measured absorption, or a sampling based on curiosity, intrigue, or a sense of adventure.
Robin Eichele was born in Santa Monica, California and grew up in Wilmington, Delaware and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has lived in such geographies as Detroit, Houston, New Orleans, London, Los Angeles and Minneapolis. His institutional education took him to Monteith College at Wayne State University and The London School of Film Technique. He has taken to the road on numerous auto-didact investments, climbing in the Andes of Peru, trekking to visit the Jivaro in the jungles of Ecuador, shopping for fast cars in Italy, scouting Generalissimo Franco's old castle outside of Madrid for a film shoot, freezing on a walk around Stonehenge on a drive from London to Exeter U, meditating at Buddhist shrines in Nara. His poetry, fiction and photography have appeared in such publications and programs as Wild Dog, Synapse, The Ant's Forefoot, WORK, Changes, IS, Magazine, and Wayland. Previous publications include Runes, (Artists Workshop Press, 1965), Untitled Selected Poems (Island Press,1966), Kick Out the Jams: Detroit's Cass Corridor 1963-1977 (DIA, 1980), RESPECT - The Poetry of Detroit Music (ed. by Daniels & Liebler, MSU Press, 2020). His eBook Sleeping With Dolphins was released by CAPthat Productions Press in 2009. And, one of his photographs of Charles Olson at the Berkeley Poetry Conference 24 July 1965 appears in Muthologos - Charles Olson Lectures and Interviews ed. by Maud, Talon Books, 2010. Eichele was one of the original founders of the Detroit Artists' Workshop Society in1964, where he worked to help build the Detroit Artists' Workshop Press.