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Learn, laugh, love at Artist Village’s poetry night

By Puakea Olaisha Anderson
Special to the Michigan Citizen

DETROIT — Artist Village, located on Lahser Road on Detroit’s west side, has the longest running open mic poetry club in Detroit.

On Saturday nights, folks from all over metro Detroit come out to enjoy local poets.

On Jan. 5, twin sisters Divine and Heaven celebrated their birthday at Artist Village, while enjoying the best of Detroit poetry.

“Tonight is our birthday and we came to enjoy the show. Our brother is one of the poets,” said Divine and Heaven.

The environment at Artist Village is warm and welcoming. The guests not only come to listen to poetry, but to play chess and enjoy a cup of coffee.

Most of the guests and poets have been affiliated with Artist Village for many years.

“This is my ninth year at AV. There is a metamorphosis that takes place here,” said poet Knowledge. “It’s like a world within a world. This is a place where you can come and not be judged.”

The 37-year-old poet expresses that his creativity through poetry allows him to educate, enlighten, entertain, heal and console.

“My mother wrote poetry when I was kid as a means to express herself and I found out that it was my passion. The best advice my mother gave me was to be honest with yourself,” he said.

Meditation, according to the poets that night, is key to expressing yourself in poetry.

Some discussed different ways they meditate before writing.

“I drive to meditate, roll the window down a bit and collect my thoughts,” says Black.

“I only write in the car. I only write what I feel; I have to feel something to write.”

The crowd became more intrigued by the poets as the night continued. The vibe in the room became more intimate.

“I always come to hear something good from them. All of the poets are really good and they have good vibes. It’s a cool environment and I have a lot of fun here,” said poet Krystal.

“AV has allowed poets to be themselves, inspire and educate guests who enjoy poetry. It gave me an outlet to continue pushing forward on what I needed to do. When I am on stage I feel like new money and it’s exhilarating,” says artist Pierre Anthony.

Artist Village hosts poetry night every Saturday from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Cover is $10.

For more information, contact Artist Village at 313.766.7578.

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