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As seen on TV — After eight years in the gallery business, Grosse Pointe’s Maniscalco Gallery will close its doors in May. Robert Maniscalco and his family are moving to Charleston, S.C., so the artist-writer-gallery director can pursue his career in portrait painting, but he is planning to continue as weekly host of Detroit’s ArtBeat on public television station WTVS (Channel 56). Look for an upcoming Metro Times story by Robert Maniscalco about his reflections on life in Detroit. For now, make a point to check out the colorful world of The 6th Annual Children’s Book Society Exhibition, featuring work by illustration students and alumni of College for Creative Studies, opening 2-5 p.m., Sunday, April 17, and running until April 30 at Maniscalco Gallery (17728 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe; 313-886-2993).

American Life in Poetry

by Ted Kooser, U.S. Poet Laureate

Many of us have felt helpless when we’ve tried to assist friends who are dealing with the deaths of loved ones. Here the Kentucky poet and publisher Jonathan Greene conveys that feeling of inadequacy in a single sentence. The brevity of the poem reflects the measured and halting speech of people attempting to offer words of condolence:

At the Grave
As Death often
sidelines us
it is good
to contribute
even if so little
as to shovel
some earth
into earth.


Copyright 2003 by Jonathan Greene. Reprinted by permission of the author. This weekly column is supported by the Poetry Foundation, the Library of Congress and the Department of English at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

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