Annal: 2003 Kate Tufts Discovery Award

Results of the Tufts Poetry Awards in the year 2003.

Book:The Zoo

The Zoo

Joanie Mackowski

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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