How to live in ruins
When Lee Chilcote and his wife Katherine bought a townhouse in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood of Cleveland in 2006, they explored the city. Then, two years later, the city became ground zero for the foreclosure crisis. Although they were luckier than most, their home value went down by a third right around the time their first child was born. As parents, they faced a decision: should they stay or should they go? They decided to hunker down through the worst of the recession -- and what they found surprised them. The poems in How to Live in Ruins tell one couple’s story of moving into Cleveland and deciding to raise a family there.
"Brings Cleveland in all its rough beauty, its poetry of ruins, to vivid, hardscrabble life." -- George Bilgere
"A beautifully crafted homage to Cleveland; one that manages to embrace the complications of both parenthood and urban living." -- Kelly Fordon
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