The Zoo (Pitt Poetry Series)

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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. An egret stands "still as a glass of milk"; iceberg lettuce is a "vegetable leviathan" that "extends beneath the dinner table / an unseen, monstrous green"; a bald eagle may "love a jet?―  / or worship them all, or mock them, rigid / freaks that never linger."

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Joanie Mackowski is assistant professor of English at Cornell University and author of the poetry collection The Zoo. Her awards include the Emily Dickinson Prize from the Poetry Society of America, the Associated Writing Programs Award in Poetry, the Kate Tufts Discovery Prize, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Grant, and a Wallace Stegner Fellowship. Mackowski's poems have appeared in The Best American Poetry 2007 and 2009, the Yale Review, Poetry, the American Scholar, New England Review, Raritan, Southwest Review, the Kenyon Review, and other journals.

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Whether watching colorful fish in the aquarium in a psychiatrist's waiting room or the people who "sit and sit and talk, all they do is lovely," Mackowski takes a close look at beasts, birds, and insects as well as strangers, neighbors, and herself. The vivid meditations in this debut collection can take strange turns and reveal the often unnoticed world around us. Ants are "'social creatures,' yet what grim/ society: identical pilgrims,/ seed-like, brittle." In skilled plays of chiming sounds and surprising rhythms, and with a delightful respect for precision and clarity, Mackowski lifts the invisible curtains from the zoo: "The egret stands still as a glass of milk/ by the lagoon"; "fifty pelicans/ rise, fly circles, dive each angular/ as origami, newspaper-colored"; "a man pushed his plate away while fifty angels pull the waitress hums a tune off key and stakes a plate with apples." As Mackowski makes clear, Earth is a wonderland all we have to do is look around. This is a smart and fascinating volume. Louis McKee, Painted Bride Arts Ctr., Philadelphia
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