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 the Best Small Fictions nominations from Matter Press for Compressed Creative Arts: Sara Backer’s “Oh, What a Night”; Dan Crawley’s “Powers”; Jill Talbot’s “Malahat Highway on Boxing Day”; Christopher Allen’s “Falling Man;” and Kathy Fish’s “Five Micros.”


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


04/15 • Mason Binkley
04/17 • Michelle Ross
04/18 • C.R. Resetarits (1 of 4)
04/22 • Stuart Gunter
04/24 • Soren James
04/25 • C.R. Resetarits (2 of 4)
04/29 • M. McCune
05/01 • Julie Benesh
05/02 • C.R. Resetarits (3 of 4)
05/06 • Hannah Austin
05/08 • J. Bradley
05/09 • C.R. Resetarits (4 of 4)
05/13 • Kathy Kehrili
05/15 • Jennifer Moore
05/20 • Clint Margrave
05/22 • Leah Griesmann
05/27 • Natasha Sajé
05/29 • Carolyn Oliver