Semidomesticated by Jonie McIntire
Jonie McIntire's Semidomesticated is the winner of our 2020 Chapbook Contest!
Jonie McIntire’s Semidomesticated is looking and longing among the kitchen utensils, clearance aisles, and chemotherapy appointments that make up a life. There is so much generosity here that speaks to the daily trials we find ourselves in, as we navigate between homes and doctor’s offices and jobs. How do we deal with personal loss in the face of so much being lost every day? What happens when “As if, like a miracle, all of that just being there/ added up to something,...” What happens is a pure poetic voice and a calmness of spirit—sometimes a murmur, sometimes a roar—that assuredly guides us on these journeys of a daughter, a mother, a lover, a true friend. It is a voice we can trust to give, and keep us going. It is a voice we need to be listening to.
— Timothy Geiger, author of Weatherbox, winner of the 2019 Vern Rutsala Poetry Award, (Cloudbank Books, 2019), The Curse of Pheromones, (Main Street Rag Press, 2008) & Blue Light Factory, (Spoon River Poetry Press, 1999) and nine chapbooks, most recently Radium (Cabaret Press, 2015). He is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize XVIII and a Holt, Rinehart and Winston Award in Literature.
In Semidomesticated, Jonie McIntire gives us a candid glimpse inside of the everyday, making the jejune beautiful through imagery, and revealing the hidden parts with the intimacy of a close friend with a practiced eye. She also shows us the messy parts of life--anxiety, sickness, and violence--but with deftness of a thoughtful poet.
— DeMisty Bellinger, author of Peculiar Heritage (Ma- son Jar Press, 2021) and Rubbing Elbows (Finishing Line Press, 2017). She is a poetry editor at Malarkey Books and alumni reader at Prairie Schooner.
Copyright: Jonie McIntire (Standard Copyright License)
Publisher: Red Flag Poetry
Published: March 2021
Binding: Saddle Stitched
Interior Ink: Black & white text
Dimensions (inches): 8.5x5.5