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b. 1948 Detroit, raised on Thornapple River. Six books: Quiet Lives, foreword by Allen Ginsberg, 1983; On The Bridge, 1986; Fragments from The Stars, 1990; Coming Home, 1993; Silences for Love, 1998; Turn the Wheel, 2003. Seventh book, Moonlight Rose in Blue: Selected Poems forthcoming. 1988 Award in Literature, American Academy and Institute of Arts & Letters. Editor & publisher, Big Scream poetry magazine, 1974-present, Nada Poems, 1988, and Sunflowers and Locomotives: Songs for Allen, elegies for Allen Ginsberg, 1998. Co-editor of Demotic Fire: the postbeat poets, still unpublished. Teaches Women’s Studies, Shakespeare, drama, and creative writing at Grand Rapids Community College. Archive, David Cope papers, at U of Michigan Special Collections Library. Married 38 years to Suzanne, 3 grown kids, kayaker and gardener.
Ann Arbor, MI
I am an American Studies scholar who wrote rap lyrics before coming to poetry. I am interested in deconstructing societal constructs such as race, gender, and class. I am an atypical feminist who enjoys employing rhetorical devices to write about the erotic. I am an editor by trade, a typist by skill, and a grammarian and etymologist at heart. I seek the hidden and unspoken voices and imagery of American culture.