Governing.com's blog, the 13th floor, posted today on the first epic poem about Detroit, called "The Straits" by Kristin Palm. At 97 pages long, it's epic alright, but perhaps it's not a poem in the traditional sense. More like a compilation of lists - the kind of jobs held by Detroit natives, the names of dead victims of a 1967 riot, the various automobile companies that have come and gone.
It reminded me of Rep. Brower's creative rap, under the guise of an "invocation" he presented prior to the start of session on April 1, 2008. Here it is for those who missed it: