Detroit’s Beautiful Ruins


2_michiganstationA haunting essay/slide show about Detroit.

The day before I arrived, the frozen body of a man was found in the elevator shaft of an abandoned warehouse; only the feet were visible, the rest of the body being entirely encased in ice. The homeless men living in the warehouse, treating the corpse as unremarkable, ignored it for a month, and when a journalist finally called 911, it took the police two days to arrive on the scene. (It was later determined that the man died from a cocaine overdose.)

The photo of the Michigan Theater, now converted into a parking garage, is also incredible.

Brian Spears is Senior Poetry Editor of The Rumpus and the author of A Witness in Exile (Louisiana Literature Press, 2011). His poem “Upon Reading That Andromeda Will One Day Devour Triangulum and Come For Us Next” was featured in Season 9 of Motion Poems. More from this author →