From Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry to his Lost Man at the Crossroad

by Michelle Morouse

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Michelle Morouse is a Detroit area flash fiction and poetry writer, and a pediatrician by day. Her work has appeared or will appear in Third Wednesdays, The Light Ekphrasic, Alimentum, Oxford Magazine, and the Southeast Review, among others.

What surprising, fascinating stuff can you tell us about the origin, drafting, and/or final version of “From Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry to his lost Man at the Crossroad”?

My grandfathers were auto workers. I was awed by the size and power of the Detroit Industry murals as a child. Years later, when I volunteered for gallery service at the DIA, I’d stop by the murals after my shift. Docent stories about the destroyed New York mural stayed with me, and I kept imagining what Detroit Industry would say about it, if it could speak.


Congrats to Christopher Allen for having a work from HOUSEHOLD TOXINS being chosen to appear in BSF 2019 from Sonder Press.

Check out the write-up of the journal in The Writer.

New titles available from Robert McBrearty and Tori Bond.


Poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction/prose poetry submissions is now OPEN. Check out our new category triptychs! The submission period closes December 15, 2019; submit here.


10/07 • Socorro Venegas
10/10 • Lilian McCarthy
10/14 • Marlin Jenkins
10/21 • Mary Grimm
10/28 • David Galef
11/04 • Douglas Milliken
11/11 • Janiru Liyanage
12/02 • Tara Campbell