Copia (American Poets Continuum Series)

By Erika Meitner

Erika Meitner's fourth e-book grapples with the frequent implications of commercialism and over-consumption, fairly in exurban the US. Documentary poems initially commissioned through Virginia Quarterly Review study the now-bankrupt urban of Detroit, as soon as the thriving middle of the yankee Dream. Meitner probes the hulking ruins of workplace structures, tract housing, superstores, building websites, and freeways--exposing a vacuous global of degradation and abandonment--while maintaining out desire for re-birth from ashes.

Because it really is an uninhabited position, simply because it
makes me hole, I pried open the pages of
Detroit: the homes blanked out, factories
absorbed again into ghetto fingers and scrub-
oak, piles of tires, tons of cement block.
Vines knock and input via shattered
drop-ceilings, glassless home windows. Ragwort
cracks the street's asphalt to unsolvable

Erika Meitner used to be a 2009 nationwide Poetry sequence winner. Her paintings has seemed in American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Tin House, The top American Poetry 2011, Kenyon Review, and somewhere else. She is affiliate professor of English at Virginia Tech.

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