Cottonopolis - Rachel Lebowitz

I am always hesitant when it comes to picking up poetry that, in some way, takes and adapts historical events, or is a discussion on social justice issues. "Cottonopolis" proved me wrong and blew me away beyond words. I think it's one of the most well-researched, well put-together poetry collections I have read so far, most successful in the way it set the mood and sense of the time period while reading. The way in which Lebowitz explored the idea of industrialization and the human aspect of it, subtly sneaking in the image of cotton throughout the book, was fantastic. I loved everything about these poems, both the balance of simpler and more complex pieces, the strong voice that could be felt through the writing, and the very moving atmosphere I found myself fully immersed in. My only wish is that more people could come across this book, as it is published by a small Canadian press and sadly this beauty won't be seen by many.