By Erika Meitner
(Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780061995187, 86pp.)
Publication Date: August 2010
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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 poetrya winner of the 2009 National Poetry Series Prize as selected by Paul GuestIdeal Cities gloriously perpetuates NPS's long-standing tradition of promoting exceptional poetry from lesser-known poets.