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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Meitner, Erika, 1975–

  [Poems. Selections]

  Copia / by Erika Meitner. — First edition.

       pages ; cm

  ISBN 978-1-938160-46-2 (paperback) — ISBN 978-1-938160-47-9 (ebook)

  I. Title.

  PS3613.E436A6 2014



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  1. Litany of Our Radical Engagement with the Material World
  2. Niagara [White towels . . .]
  3. Big Box Encounter
  4. Correspondence
  5. with/out
  6. Staking a Claim
  7. Interrobang
  8. Niagara [Witness this:]
  9. Past-Future/Future-Past
  10. Terra Nullius [When we were done . . .]
  11. Apologetics
  12. Retail Space Available


  1. Maple Ridge [It rains and rains . . .]
  2. untitled [and the moon]
  3. Yizker Bukh
  4. And the moon
  5. Yiddishland
  6. Inconsequential Alchemy
  7. Snowpocalypse
  8. To Whom It May Concern:
  9. One Version of December
  10. Wal
    Mart Supercenter
  11. You return the Torah to the ark
  12. The Architecture of Memory
  13. Let the future begin this way:
  14. Maple Ridge [It is nearly Halloween . . .]


  1. The Book of Dissolution
  2. Post-Industrialization
  3. By Other Means
  4. Ghostbox
  5. In/exhaustible
  6. All That Blue Fire
  7. Outside the Abandoned Packard Plant
  8. And After the Ark
  9. The Language of Happiness
  10. Inside the Frame
  11. Outside the Frame
  12. Borderama
  13. Terra Nullius [The poem in which . . .]
  14. Cosmogony/Progeny
  15. Ars Poetica with Radio Apparatus, Toddler, & Ducks
  16. Porto, Portare, Portavi, Portatus

copia, n.


Etymology: Latin; = plenty.

Plenty, a plentiful supply: now chiefly in the Latin phrase
copia verborum,
abundance of words, a copious vocabulary. Also the Roman goddess of wealth or plenty.

a. Plenty, abundance, a copious quantity.

b. Fullness, plenitude. Obs.

c. esp. of language: Copiousness, abundance, fullness, richness.

1713 J. Addison in
8 Sept. 1/2 Since they [
women] have . . .such a
Copia Verborum
, or plenty of Words, 'tis Pity they should not put it to some Use.

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