Copia (American Poets Continuum Series) by Erika Meitner

By Erika Meitner

"The poems in Copia are approximately what's and what's almost-gone, what's in limbo and what won't crumple, what's virtually at all-time low yet nonetheless and consistently brimming with the potential for miracle."—Rachel Zucker

Erika Meitner's fourth ebook takes cues from the Land Artists of the Sixties who created paintings in line with landscapes of city peripheries and buildings in quite a few states of disintegration. the gathering additionally encompasses a part of documentary poems approximately Detroit that have been commissioned for Virginia Quarterly Review.

Because it truly 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 arms and scrub-
oak, piles of tires, lots of cement block.
Vines knock and input via shattered
drop-ceilings, glassless home windows. Ragwort
cracks the street's asphalt to unsolvable

Meitner additionally probes the hulking ruins of workplace constructions, tract housing, superstores, building websites, and freeways, and doesn't shy from the interactions that take place in Walmart and grocery store parking lots.

It is almost Halloween, which means
wrong sizes on Wal-Mart racks, sort baggage of
pumpkins extinguishing themselves at the stoop

children from the trailer park trawling our exact lawns soon
so we will be able to provide away nickels, gentle, sandpaper, raisins, cement.

Erika Meitner was once a 2009 nationwide Poetry sequence winner. Her paintings has seemed in American Poetry assessment, Ploughshares, Tin apartment, the easiest American Poetry 2011, Kenyon assessment, and in other places. She is affiliate professor of English at Virginia Tech.

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What shall come to pass? Chaos of lathe and plaster, baseboards and mold. The wood that framed rooms is bulldozed is cited is picked clean is abandoned is a prairie where a neighborhood once stood. Fire is a force for good in this place; the later it is put out the better; there will always be something left over. Trees grow thirty feet up through a gaping hole left by skylights collapsed in the heat of flames. Burn scars on cement where scrappers torched the last bits of plastic off copper wire spell out code that reveals what the world will look like when we’re gone.

To Whom It May Concern: I’ve moved to the most difficult place on earth. It’s impossibly blue and blazing. 47 One Version of December There’s something about the ice today that reminds me of the plastic kerchief my grandmother would wear over her wig and tied under her chin on days it rained, her synthetic hair the texture of spun sugar on a paper cone, a shade lighter than dirt under that translucent tarp. The ice skates across asphalt, deck-wood, slicks railings, shines sideways and crackles.

Kyrie eleison, Christe eleison. The Latin root of mercy means price paid, wages, merchandise, though now we use it as compassion shown to a person in a position of powerlessness, and sometimes forgiveness towards a person with no right to claim it. God is merciful and gracious, but not just. In the Walmart parking lot in Stockton, a man considered armed and dangerous attacked his wife, beating her unconscious. A couple tried to sell their six-month-old for twenty-five bucks to buy meth in the Salinas Walmart parking lot.

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