AIMÉE MACKOVIC | POETRY | PAPERBACK
Aimée Mackovic’s sensual, often formal poems look backward to note “The sun / never climbs the same way twice, nor is it meant to,” and forward to beg “bruise me, life / any way you wish / that I might conquer / myself and others.” Here, there are moving tributes to New York and Paris and the poet’s family of origin, but mostly these are love poems to the self—“relax, Mackovic,” “my heart me,” and “Thank you / to my voice, my stomach, my spine...”—in tender defiance of how young girls so often have the uniqueness and spirit conditioned right out of them. A literal heart is “malformed” under a doctor’s scalpel,” a figurative heart has the “sequin flare” of the Tin Man’s reward, and a beloved childhood doll is a “silent anchor / stringing all your yous together.” For a speaker who nearly never spoke, Mackovic’s poems celebrate existence in rich visceral detail, lay bare her bloody, beating essence to remind us that we’re all love junkies of a sort—and what on earth is wrong with that? --Stacia M. Fleegal, author of Anatomy of a Shape-Shifter and antidote
Aimée Mackovic is a poet and professor of English at Austin Community College and Keiser University, Her poems have appeared in Shark Reef, Delaware Poetry Review, 94Creations, Main Street Rag, and others. She holds a BA from Wake Forest University and an MFA from Spalding University. Her chapbook, A Sentenced Woman, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2007. She has two self-published chapbooks, Potpourri (2015) and Dearly Beloved: the Prince poems (2016), available at aimeemackovic.com.
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