Read Jonah Raskin’s review of Mary Mackey’s Sugar Zone just published in Culture Counter Magazine by clicking here. Raskin praises the poems in Sugar Zone calling them “fluid, organic,” “magical,” and “tightly designed,” drawing on “the force of the Amazon itself.”
“The poems I like best,” Raskin says, “are about ghosts, hosts, disappearances and reappearances. They embody the richness of Brazil itself that’s inhabited by prowling jaguars and purple snails: the nation that pulses with the blood of the great anaconda and that’s polluted by the smoke of burning rainforests.”
Raskin notes that Sugar Zone “offers apocalyptic poems, private poems and poems about the limits of human expression . . . You might finish the book feeling you’ve made a terrifying and exhilarating journey, that you’ve searched the depths of your own soul and that you’d go back again with the poet herself as guide and translator who dishes out catastrophe and beauty, the sweetness of sugar cane, and the bitterness of Brazil itself.
In 2012, Sugar Zone received the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award for Excellence in Literature.