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Local Poet Sings Cleveland's Praise 

When: Mon., May 2 2011

Mentor native Dave Lucas grew up with two schoolteachers for parents and a father who loved to tutor him in the natural sciences. Only later, when he began writing poetry at John Carroll University, did Lucas realize what a profound effect those lessons had had on him, infusing his poems with mundane yet iconic images that vibrate with a midwestern sensibility. Lucas' first book, Weather, was published recently and, not surprisingly, its poems are filled with local subjects ranging from the Hulett ore unloaders to our ubiquitous red-tail hawks. "I'm proud of where I am from," says the poet, who splits his time between Cleveland and Ann Arbor, where he's pursuing his doctorate. "There's a ruined majesty here, a mythos that I want to capture. I love Cleveland, and I think the city could benefit from that kind of attention." Tonight at 7:30, the award-winning writer will turn his attention to a free poetry reading and book-signing party in the Dolan Science Center Auditorium at John Carroll. Learn more at jcu.edu or call 216-397-1674. The school is at 20700 North Park Blvd. in University Heights. — Cicora


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