Local Poet: Glenn Taylor

We are excited to have Detroit poet Glenn Taylor at Pages for his first collection of poems "There Isn't Enough Dark in a Room." 

This event is free and open to the public. Glenn's book will be for sale before and after the event. 

About There Isn't Enough Dark in a Room:

““What is truth and whose truth?” Glenn Taylor asks, in poems that both scour for and speak answers to past and current racial injustice in his own life, in Detroit, in the nation. “Glenn Taylor doesn’t do subtlety,” his own poem says. So, if you’d rather sift through layers looking for meaning, or if you want comfort, you’re in the wrong room. “You asked for honesty,” Taylor says—and with a poetry made of muscle and music, he breaks the silence.”

—Robert Fanning, author of SeveranceOur Sudden MuseumAmerican Prophet and The Seed Thieves

Charting a time capsule of 90s Detroit that spills into the present, Glenn Taylor’s vivid lyrics render “fire hydrant swimming pools” and the sounds of WJLB alongside boil advisories and dash cam footage. There Isn’t Enough Dark in a Room investigates expectation and action, impulse and restraint, and the struggle to steady one’s path when the imagination offers escape from both everyday life and a society that conflates the black body for every black body. The “tragedy / is missing something like Detroit,” Taylor writes. But where there’s adversity there’s also hope, and this stunning collection doesn’t give up on “trying to see the colors as they are.” 

 —Michael Robins, author of People You May Know

GLENN TAYLOR writes the owner’s manual in your glove box that you never read; he silently judges you because of this. His work has appeared in Pittsburgh Poetry Review, Pinwheel, and Columbia Poetry Review. He’d love to take you on a guided tour of Detroit that doesn’t solely consist of downtown and its stadiums, arenas, and fields.

Event date: 
Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Event address: 
19560 Grand River Ave.
Detroit, MI 48223