The Zoo (Pitt Poetry Series) (Paperback)

By Joanie Mackowski

University of Pittsburgh Press, 9780822957683, 80pp.

Publication Date: December 6, 2001

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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."

About the Author

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.

Praise For The Zoo (Pitt Poetry Series)

“ . . . her first collection . . . is a high-spirited survey of our peculiar species, often with parallel glances at other animals . . . Mackowski’s wit stands her in good stead . . . She has talent to burn . . .”
--Poetry Magazine

“. . . gaze is superseded by sharp observation that yields vivid visual imagery and invites immersion. . . . Mackowski’s rhymes, myriad and ingenious, are one of the most impressive features of The Zoo.”
--The Yale Review

“A virtuoso performance. . . .Contains many delightful surprises and not a few ideas worth considering.”

—Antioch Review