Individual Author Record
Name: Joanie MackowskiPen Name: None Genre: Poetry Born: 1963 in Evanston, Illinois Sites:
Illinois ConnectionMackowski was born in Evanston, Illinois.
Biographical and Professional InformationIn addition to her two books of poems, Joanie is of the Creative Writing Program faculty at Cornell University, she lives in Ithaca, New York.
- The Zoo, University of Pittsburgh Press, 2001
- View from a Temporary Window, University of Pittsburgh Press, 2010
Titles At Your Library
The Zoo (Pitt Poetry Series)
ISBN: 082295768X University of Pittsburgh Press. 2001
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."