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Poetic Express Volume 11

In 1996, I got to France and I started doing large chalk drawings on Detroit's Hudson's Building. Three issues in this volume do not contain the comic strip. September and October issues were done in Paris as Express Poetique.  I exhibited 20 of my artworks in a group exhibit Les Jardiners de la Memoire at the Musee Creation Franche, in Begles.

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Poetic Express Volume 02

In 1987, I was still making art and working at the store.  I was "doing everything but selling and management."  The second volume marks the beginning of my notorious "comic strip" SURREAL THEATRE.  The master copies are on thin paper with Numbers 4 and 14 on cardboard.

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Poetic Express Volume 09

In 1994, I joined the Don't Look Now Jug Band.  I still play and sing with them, though more rarely.  It was always a "big band" with eight to twelve people.  A smaller side group, the Fireflies, plays more often these days.  I had a small solo art exhibit at Rabbles Coffee House in St. Clair Shores.  My friendship with Jacques Karamanoukian was underway.  I started getting up to Ann Arbor again to visit and to exhibit at Galerie Jacques.  This was a time of experimentation. It was another good year for me and for THE POETIC EXPRESS.

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Poetic Express Volume 28

In 2013 I added quite a bit to this digital archive, around 700 image files.  It was another busy year.  It started with my participation in the exhibition Black Detroit 21 at the Work Detroit art space.  I did a new group of paintings and drawings for it.  Also, the first four 2013 issues of the POETIC EXPRESS were connected to and inspired by this exhibit.

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Poetic Express Volume 14

In 1999, I was in two more art exhibits in France.  I didn't get to go there this time.  After 14 years, my work situation came to an end.  Crowley's went bankrupt in February.  I spent most of the year "unemployed" and tasting life as a full time artist.  I can make a lot more work without having 40 or 50 hours a week being otherwise occupied.  I was also in four art exhibits in Detroit and one in Canada.

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Poetic Express Volume 04

In 1989, I continue to do the masters on thin, cheap paper in this volume.  With the last issue of the year, Number 14, I finally got wise to myself.  That issue starts a long run using thicker Bristol board. I continued to do this for nearly every issue from 1990 to the present day.

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Poetic Express Volume 21

In 2006, the Zeitgeist Arts Space was still going strong.  I worked with them, including the Visual Jam Sessions.  I did the poster for the Dally in the Alley.  I did some puppet shows and played music with the Space Band and the Don't Look Now Jug Band.  I was in art exhibits at the Cass Cafe and CAID arts spaces.

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Poetic Express Volume 01

In 1985 and 1986, I started working at Crowley's Department Store in the New Center area of Detroit. I was painting a lot.  This first Volume went for close to two years instead of the usual one year.  Only the "scratchboard" piece in Number 21 is on thicker stock.  The rest of the masters are all just on thin paper, with some "glue-ons" added.

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Poetic Express Volume 18

In 2003, I finished the objects and places series.  My email address now appears on one page a month.  The SURREAL THEATRE goes into a nighttime setting and winds up its impressions of a day.  It concludes with a larger strip with two rows of panels.  I conclude the Emotional Digest series.

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Poetic Express Volume 07

In 1992, I moved down to my favorite neighborhood in Detroit.  The New Center, Cultural Center and the Cass Corridor are all close by.  I also worked with the Space Gallery and the Michigan Gallery. All issues were done on Bristol board except for Number 2.  Numbers 1 and 2 were created in Athens, Georgia. Number 8, was done in New York City.

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Poetic Express Volume 27

2012 was a good, busy year. I added more to this site. We got the Poetic Express section caught up. Images were added to the Index Card Art and Black and White Drawings Collections. I did concerts with Spaceband and the Fireflies. These included shows at the Steak Hut, the DLECTRICITY festival and at the Music Hall Café. I kept up my writing, drawing and painting.

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Poetic Express Volume 12

In 1997, I continued drawing all over the soon-to-be-demolished Hudson's Building.  In December, I participated in a group show thanking me for doing the art on there.  It was fenced off by then.  I was in art exhibits in Detroit and Pontiac.  The Zeitgeist Arts Space opened in September.  I was part of that from the start.

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Poetic Express Volume 20

In 2005, I celebrated twenty years of continuous publication of the POETIC EXPRESS.  For the anniversary in April, I did three issues including another Inventory poem and a full-page comic strip version, with drawings and poetry.  Also, in October, I had an exhibit marking this milestone. It was at the library, here on the McNichols Campus of the University of Detroit Mercy.

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Poetic Express Volume 15

In 2000, I got the POETIC EXPRESS into the early stages of the new millennium.  It was a crazy year for me due to health problems.  Most of the year, I was out of a job.  There was more time being a full-time artist. I did work for the U.S. census.  That was really interesting.  In October, I spent my birthday in New York.  I did a public art project and had a public screening of a short film starring my puppets.

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Poetic Express Volume 29

In 2014 I added around 340 image files to this archive.  In the Summer, I installed an exhibit called A History of Detroit's Visual Arts Scene.  This was here at this library.  It explored some of the early history including the creation of the Detroit Institute of Arts.  I drew on my own experience to chronicle the years from 1977 to 2014.  There were a great many art shows held at a wide variety of galleries and other venues.

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Poetic Express Volume 16

In 2001, I was really on the move!  It was a bad year in many ways.  The high point was that I started working here at the University of Detroit Mercy library.  I'd been back doing "retail time" at Value City, in Warren. My friend Tim Knoll died this year, and I dedicated Old Lost Jug Band Song to him in Number 11.  I put out a third page in September to include my poem September 11, 2001 in Number 17.  It was written on September 12.  Issue Number 19 includes other responses to these attacks.

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Poetic Express Volume 05

In 1990, I was in group exhibits at the Willis Gallery and the Michigan Gallery.  All of these master copies were done on Bristol board paper except for Number 8.  This was done on thin paper. Number 6 is on scratchboard, with the black scratched off with a sharp instrument to reveal the white beneath.

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Poetic Express Volume 22

In 2007, I curated a four person exhibit for the Zeitgeist Arts Venue.  It was called Windows to Other Worlds (with Select Artifacts).  That was in March and April.  In July, we held a big ten year anniversary celebration there.  I  painted a large, triangular grouping of windows for a benefit.  In September, I was part of a Telephone Game group exhibit in a gallery in Detroit's Eastern Market.  Then too, I did a number of musical and puppet performances.  At the end of the year, this Special Collections site appeared here for the first time, live.

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Poetic Express Volume 23

In 2008, I had a great year.  Early on, we worked on this site. There were a few additions and refinements.  From May to July, I had an enormous exhibit at the MOCAD aka the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.  It was part of a larger group exhibit.  I also exhibited my puppet collection here at the University of Detroit Mercy library.   In August, I got to New York City, as usual.  Then, the Zeitgeist Arts Space closed its doors in November.

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Poetic Express Volume 10

In 1995, I marked the first ten years of this publication.  I celebrated this with an exhibit of the POETIC EXPRESS at the 2-South Gallery in Detroit. Eleven issues in this volume include my comic strip SURREAL THEATRE.  I was still working at Crowley's.  I was busy performing, writing and making art.

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Poetic Express Volume 19

In 2004 my long standing Detroit Street Art project was painted over, see Number 11.  For years I had done drawings on viaduct walls as a bridge between drawing on sidewalks and on buildings.  This one, on Woodward, was the longest lasting and most visible of these drawing projects.  Also, in September I closed my P.O. Box and started listing a different postal address on the sheets, see Number 18.

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Poetic Express Volume 08

In 1993, I was digging into my new living space, making new friends and alliances and doing a lot of puppet performances.  It was a good year for me.  Things were flowing.  I'm sure this was the year I spent nearly a month in New York City, on three separate trips.

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Poetic Express Volume 30

In 2015 I added around 260 images to this collection. The POETIC EXPRESS marked its 30-year anniversary.  The library held an exhibition The Poetic Express in Context 1985-2015.  We also held an exhibit centered around the Halloween holiday.  In early Autumn, I was part of an exhibit called What We Found at Detroit's Ellen Kayrod Gallery.  The other artists in the show were Tim Burke and Jennifer Gariepy.  It was generally a good and very busy year.

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Poetic Express Volume 13

In 1998, with Jim Puntigam, I founded a new musical group, the Space Band.  This was later changed to the Spaceband, one word.  I was in four art exhibits, including a two-person show at the Zeitgeist. It was a full, busy year.  My work on the Hudson's Building in downtown Detroit was demolished with the building in October.  It had been fenced off all year, so I couldn't work on it.

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Poetic Express Volume 03

In 1988, I started the year with a trip to Athens, Georgia.  In June, I did my first public puppet show performances Detroit's old Trobar Gallery.  I was in a two person art exhibit there.  In this volume, I continue doing the master copies on thin paper.  Only Issue 5 is on Bristol board.  I played with collage, frottage and used the typewriter some.

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