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Upon arriving in Detroit, I had the good fortune to lodge at 45 Colorado, which was a den of Corridorites. One of these inmates was Douglas Larkins. A quiet and thoughtful individual, it was only years after moving in, while visiting the Detroit Institute of Arts with Doug to see the "Kick out the Jams" exhibition, that I looked up and saw a giant photograph including poet Doug Larkins prominently displayed that I learned Doug was one of the founding members of the Artist's Workshop. Formed in the early 60's the workshop was to have a profound impact on the Detroit art scene, setting the pattern for cultural revolution and influencing the generation of artists that were to follow. A true Renaissance man, apart from being an outstanding poet, Doug was also an accomplished Mu Duk Kwan black belt and an expert ornithologist; I never met anyone who knew more about bird species.
Pictures contributed by Douglas Larkins