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Poetry. Photography. African American Studies. Native American Studies. Poets and photographers reflect on the real costs of deindustrialization—community life, personal identity, cultural traditions, and the natural world—in manufacturing cities and their rural counterparts in Michigan, Ohio, Rhode Island, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin. Battered by unprecedented joblessness, poverty, and depopulation, these communities are often seen as ghost towns, phantoms of a former glory, but in doing so we fail to acknowledge the people who fare the downturns and form the core of America's urban and rural cultures. This intimate collection culls inspiration from individual and collective experience, found text, and oral history as it speaks to the humanity surviving amid so-called ruin. AMERICAN GHOST asks: How will we sustain each other? The collection includes poems and photographs by b: william bearhart, Suzette Bishop, Anne Gorrick, Randall Horton, Denise Miller, Ruby Murray, Kate Schapira, Lillien Waller, Valaurian Waller, and Deborah Woodard.

About the Author

Lillien Waller was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. She studied English literature at the University of Michigan and received her MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College. She also holds degrees from the New School for Social Research and Emory University. She has been a Cave Canem Fellow, a member of the Sisters of Color Writers Collective (SOC), and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her poems have appeared in journals and the anthology Sisterfire: Black Womanist Fiction and Poetry (HarperCollins). She is currently working on a collection of poems exploring family and community life in Detroit in the wake of the 1967 riots. She lives in Harlem, New York.

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9780615448077
Author:
Waller, Lillien
Publisher:
Stockport Flats
Subject:
General Poetry
Publication Date:
20110305
Binding:
Paperback
Pages:
74

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