Jo McDougall Dirt (Poetry Series Volume 4)

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Dirt (Poetry Series Volume 4)

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In these moving poems, Jo McDougall writes of loss -- the loss of her daughter to cancer, as well as the loss of her own childhood in the rural South. The ghost of the past haunts these poems, and so as McDougall moves from pain to joy and finally to a hard-earned serenity, the reader rejoices in her triumph of the spirit.

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Jo McDougall grew up on a rice farm in the Arkansas Delta. The author of three previous books of poetry, she has taught at various universities in Arkansas, Lousiana, and Kansas. She has received a John Ciardi Fellowship, three fellowships to the MacDowell Colony, and awards from the DeWitt Wallace/Reader's Digest Foundation and the Academy of American Poets. The 2000 winner of Arkansas's Porter Prize, she lives in Little Rock.

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The most impressive aspect of McDougall's artistry is its invisibility. In simple lines she captures a sharply living moment: "You look up from leafing a magazine / and say something woven out of our years together / something only the two of us / would find amusing. / I think of this moment / as an incredible moth. / I want to keep it." The word economy appropriately describes McDougall's style, for economy derives from the ancient Greek for householder. And not only is the poet careful not to overspend words; she also draws her subjects from the most ordinary events and occasions. Household arguments, bedtime discussions, meals--in such mundane occurrences, McDougall finds vast hungers and driving compulsions. Her poems repay reading, rereading, and rereading. Patricia Monaghan
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