Detroit and Cherry is an unusual book about prison life, food, the United States, and freedom. It is a project by poet Tyler Dempsey (Newspaper Drumsticks) and visual artist/bestselling author Stephen Black. Detroit and Cherry is set in May, 2020 as the corona virus, and the resulting lockdowns, continued to alter daily life.
The heart of the book is a ten mile journey undertaken by a celebrity chef who was falsely imprisoned at the Turin Federal Correctional Institution. Because of the virus, he is unexpectedly released early. He finds himself on the Ohio-Michigan border at dawn, on the morning of May 7, 2020. He has no money, no phone and no shoes. His destination: a pink house at the intersection of Detroit and Cherry, near downtown Toledo. He walks, shocked to be a free man in a world that is locked up. He constantly remembers his complex friendship with Tex, his last cellmate. Tex has a mysterious relationship with Sin. Sin is a Thai woman who owns the pink house.
Detroit and Cherry is a contemplative walk down the turbulent road of life.
The poems in Detroit and Cherry are by award-winning poet Tyler Dempsey, from his critically acclaimed Newspaper Drumsticks, a collection of poems based on correspondences with his incarcerated brother. Tyler is assistant editor at X-R-A-Y Literary Magazine and lives in Alaska.
Stephen Black’s novella is written in the same characteristic style as Bali Wave Ghost and iate tiong bahru, a besteller. Stephen’s visual works have appeared in galleries, magazines and books worldwide. He is also an established producer of music, AR and VR projects.Detroit and Cherry is his tenth book.