Detroit’s Grand Past

Glenn Moomau reviews The Ruins of Detroit, by Yves Marchand and Romaine Meffre The Ruins of Detroit is one of the most significant in a burgeoning series of texts—both print and digital—that documents this nation’s abandoned structures, from penitentiaries and asylums to the labyrinthine factory complexes of the Midwest and Northeast.

The Renewal of Dirt

Derek Sheffield reviews Nine Acres, by Nathaniel Perry Nathanial Perry’s Nine Acres, which won the APR/Honickman First Book Prize judged by Marie Howe, achieves its beauty through a clear voice and a unity of form and theme. My form antennae twitched after reading the first poem, but it wasn’t until the third or fourth poem that I realized what I was in the grips of—and it comes down to the number four.

Pinpoints of Light

Andrew C. Gottlieb reviews Thousands Flee California Wildflowers, by Scot Siegel In many ways, Scot Siegel’s new collection of poetry masquerades as a solid collection of free verse knitted to the geography of California. Barstow and Sacramento appear (along with many other familiar California locales) as do the wildfires and wildlife of that tall, West Coast state, but there’s more to Siegel’s writing than meets the eye.