Sugar Zone

Sugar Zone

by Mary Mackey



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780984635313
Publisher: Marsh Hawk Press
Publication date: 10/04/2011
Pages: 82
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Mary Mackey received a B.A. from Harvard and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from The University of Michigan. Her published works include six collections of poetry, including BREAKING THE FEVER (Marsh Hawk Press, 2006) and SUGAR ZONE (Marsh Hawk Press, 2011) and twelve novels. Her poems have been praised by Wendell Berry, Jane Hirshfield, Dennis Nurkse, Ron Hansen, Dennis Schmitz, and Marge Piercy for their beauty, precision, originality, and extraordinary range. Three times Garrison Keillor has featured her poetry on his program The Writer's Almanac. Mackey's work has been translated into twelve foreign languages including Japanese, Hebrew, Greek, Russian, and Finnish. She is past president of the West Coast branch of PEN, a Fellow of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Professor Emeritus of English at California State University, Sacramento. For the last twenty years she has been traveling to Brazil with her husband, Angus Wright, who writes about land reform and environmental issues. At present she is working on a series of poems inspired by the works of Brazilian poets and novelists. Combining Portuguese and English, she creates poems that use Portuguese as incantation to evoke the lyrical space that lies at the conjunction between Portuguese and English.

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cafereadsblogspotcom More than 1 year ago
Sugar Zone is one of those hidden gems. It is a tapestry of two languages interwoven, and its exploration of human nature becomes deeper and richer through its use of English and Portuguese. Though some poems are choppy and difficult to navigate, I found most of the poems to have a fluidity and accessibility that I think is often lacking in contemporary poetry. More impressively, the subdivisions of the book masterfully represent tonal shifts in the writing. Some of the poems are a bit edgy and may offend certain readers. However, Mackey is a true wordsmith and her collection is a pleasure to read. I highly recommend Sugar Zone.