Ideal Cities: Poems

Ideal Cities: Poems

by Erika Meitner

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Overview

“These poems are so generous, so bright and sharp, so funny and winning, they feel immense.”
—Paul Guest

 

“Erika Meitner is the new voice of intelligent and emotional poems. Good for poetry. Good for poetry lovers. Good for the rest of us, too.”
— Nikki Giovanni

 

Exploring themes of pregnancy, motherhood, ancestry, and life in the borderline slums of Washington, DC, the richly felt and adroit poetry of Erika Meitner’s Ideal Cities moves, mesmerizes, and delights. The work of an important emerging voice in contemporary American poetry—a winner of the 2009 National Poetry Series Prize as selected by Paul Guest—Ideal Cities gloriously perpetuates NPS’s long-standing tradition of promoting exceptional poetry from lesser-known poets.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061995187
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/17/2010
Series: National Poetry Series
Pages: 86
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Erika Meitner's poems have appeared in The New Republic, The American Poetry Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and Tin House. She is an assistant professor of English at Virginia Tech and the author of Inventory at the All-night Drugstore.

What People are Saying About This

Nikki Giovanni

“Erika Meitner is the new voice of intelligent and emotional poems. Good for poetry. Good for poetry lovers. Good for the rest of us, too.”

Denise Duhamel

The poems in Erika Meitner’s Ideal Cities are road maps, blueprints, dollhouses, dioramas.....Meitner’s poetry isn’t afraid of history and personal histories. Her voice is smart, sassy, and savvy. Her ideal poems are built with mortar and quirkily astounding metaphors

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