On Jane Satterfield’s Apocalypse Mix

Apocalypse Mix
By Jane Satterfield
(Autumn House Press, 2017, 95pp)

In two of Jane Satterfield’s previous collections—Shepherdess with an Automatic (Washington Writers’ Publishing House, 2000) and Her Familiars (Elixir Press, 2013)—we find poems engaging a past that straddles two continents, including their history of war and their pastoral tradition. Similarly, her new collection, Apocalypse Mix, engages these topics and displays both her intelligence and her talent for yoking together seemingly disparate subjects. But Apocalypse Mix is a unique book written at a unique moment—a century since World War I, and during a rising wave of potentially disastrous nationalism in Europe and the U.S.—and a book written by a poet in a unique position to appreciate these parallels: Jane Satterfield is the child of a British mother and American Air Force father, spent a year in Britain with an ex-husband who was there on a Fulbright, and her own daughter holds dual citizenship.1