September 9, 2014
|BOA Editions Ltd.
|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 freeways — exposing a vacuous world of decay and abandonment — while holding out hope for re-birth from ashes.