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Category: Poetry
Author: Erika Meitner
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Rating: 3.9 of 5 stars
Counts: 1255
Original Format: Paperback, 104 pages
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Publisher: September 9th 2014 by BOA Editions Ltd.
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ISBN: 1938160460
ISBN13: 9781938160462
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Original Title: Copia
Erika Meitner's fourth book grapples with the widespread implications of commercialism and over-consumption, particularly in exurban America. Documentary poems originally commissioned by Virginia Quarterly Review examine the now-bankrupt city of Detroit, once the thriving heart of the American Dream. Meitner probes the hulking ruins of office buildings, tract housing, superstores, construction sites, and freewaysexposing a vacuous world of decay and abandonmentwhile holding out hope for re-birth from ashes.
Because it is an uninhabited place, because it
makes me hollow, I pried open the pages of
Detroit: the houses blanked out, factories
absorbed back into ghetto palms and scrub-
oak, piles of tires, heaps of cement block.
Vines knock and enter through shattered
drop-ceilings, glassless windows. Ragwort
cracks the street's asphalt to unsolvable
Erika Meitner was a 2009 National Poetry Series winner. Her work has appeared in American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Tin House, The Best American Poetry 2011, Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. She is associate professor of English at Virginia Tech.

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