Jo McDougall was born and raised in
McDougall brings a Southern sensibility to her writings about the great open
Time creates a vivid dimension within McDougall’s Midwestern settings, through the agent of memory. McDougall writes: “Memory is the poet’s calico landscape of the imagination, recalled from the advantage of maturity.” In her poetics, memory appears as flashbacks, obsessive replays, time travel, sustained observations, and reflections. Ironically, McDougall’s survivors’ humor and honest insights construct a natural theology.
In “Blessing,” McDougall creates a story with selected details. The
My neighbor hangs out the morning wash
and a storm dances up.
She strips the line,
the children’s pajamas with the purple ducks,
her husband’s shorts,
the panties she had hidden under a sheet.
When the sun comes out
she comes back
with the panties and the sheets, the shorts and the pajamas.
This is my ritual, not hers.
May her husband never stop drinking and buy her a dryer.
Education: McDougall graduated from
Career: This poet worked has published five books of poetry from BookMark Press-University of Missouri-Kansas City;
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