Maggie Jochild

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Sarah Elizabeth Jarvis and Meg Barnett, Denton, Texas, August 1977.  Photo by Mary Austin.


About Maggie

Maggie Jochild (a.k.a. Meg Barnett) writes narrative poetry about the effects of having lived in 36 different places so far, of being raised in a post-war godhelpus traditional nuke fam enduring haphazard poverty, of coming out to herself as a lesbian and a poet at age nine during the summer of 1965, of joining the Revolution during the 70's, and deciding to never again suffer fools gladly during the Reagan administration. She writes about loving women without restraint, about choosing to be an unreconstructed feminist, about traveling the roads of race and class traitorhood, about being the first generation to name and stand up against child abuse, about mothering, godmothering and grandmothering, about a failing body and a ferocious spirit. She writes with the unshackled, unhurried speech of her people, Southern dirtfarmer bookish renegades since 1609. She writes with faith and humor the kinds of truth that you have wanted to hear but weren't sure you could bear. Just hush up now, lean against somebody you love and learn/relearn why poetry helps us imagine the unimaginable.

Maggie can be reached by phone at 512-326-5634 or e-mail at


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