Section I: Growth and some death

Detroit Industry Mural Detail – Diego Rivera


Editor’s Note:

The poems and prose in this section contribute to our feeling for the history and early days of the Rust Belt.  Each piece tells a story, each creates a feeling of that time of promise and threat. We reflect on what came before.  What moved rock, forest and peoples?  What attraction drew labor? How did people mix? What was proud about being at the mill?