Cottonopolis is a sequence of prose and found poems about the Industrial Revolution, in particular the links between the cotton industry in Lancashire, slavery in the Americas and the colonization of India. From the Irish slums of Manchester to the forts of the Slave Coast to the ruins of Dhaka, India; from Civil War battlefields to Lancashire factory floors, from slave ship sailors to machine-breakers to child labourers, these poems tell the stories of the industrial age. In moving, engaging prose, Lebowitz gives space to the forgotten and to the brutal beauty of our world.
About the author
Rachel Lebowitz is the author of Hannus, which was shortlisted for the BC Book Prize and for the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction. Zachariah Wells is the author of Unsettled, a collection of poems about his experiences in the Canadian Arctic. They live in Vancouver, British Columbia. Anything But Hank! is their first book for children.