978-0-8229-5768-3 / 9780822957683

The Zoo (Pitt Poetry Series)


Publisher:University of Pittsburgh Press



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The Zoo Joanie Mackowski Winner of the 2000 Associated Writing Programs' Award in Poetry

"Elegance and predation, beauty and terror, light and shadow. This fine volume of poems proceeds by integrating contradictory and opposing tendencies to create a high-tension field of psychic proportions. These poems mine our true homeland, the in-between place."-Li-Young Lee

"With their extravagant range of formal skills and their clairvoyant gift for seeing 'into the life of things,' Joanie Mackowski's poems serve to elevate into music the whole comedy of human consciousness, its wonders and afflictions, its triumphs and grim confusions, its love and boundless appetite for (to borrow her phrase) the world's 'unpredictable teachings.' Whereas first books are often timid and eager to please, The Zoo speaks with the self-assurance of someone whose vital element is a delight in the sweet materiality of language. In an ideal age, the term 'true poet' would be reserved for someone who writes like this."-Sherod Santos

Joanie Mackowski's debut collection of poetry is meditative, vivid, sometimes weird. Turning an idiosyncratic eye to the inhabitants of zoos and fish tanks, cafes and cemeteries, she illuminates details that make the familiar seem strange. Mackowski's practical metaphysics and desperate wit puzzle the boundary between essence and ornament, revelation and disguise, reason and the loss of it.

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