Publication Date: May 25, 2000
These poems span a wide range of subjects, including love and death, pathos and humor, and the extraordinary dimensions of such deceptively ordinary topics as "Women Married to Houses," "The Tractor Driver's Funeral," and "When the Buck or Two Steakhouse Changed Hands." McDougall combines rich wit and irony with keen insight into the human condition.
The Woman in the Next Booth is a short book you will remember for a long time. -- Richard Louth, Louisiana Literature
Wit is perhaps the only antidote to the news, and McDougall writes it as well as anyone. -- Denise Low, The Kansas City Star
With unerring perception and an economy of diction ... she lets us savor the joys as well as the pains of being humans.... -- Kenneth W. Davis
Jo McDougall, a native of the Arkansas Delta, now lives in Little Rock. She is also the author of the poetry collections From Darkening Porches and Towns Facing Railroads, three chapbooks, and the monograph Roots and Recognition: Where Poetry Comes From. She has taught at Pittsburg State University in Kansas and Northeast Louisiana University. She has held three MacDowell Colony fellowships, and her poetry has appeared in such journals as The Kenyon Review, The Hudson Review, New Orleans Review, and New Letters. Her work has most recently been anthologized in The Made Thing: An Anthology of Contemporary Southern Poetry and Arkansas, Arkansas: 1970-Present (Vol. II). She is now working on a memoir and has just completed her fourth poetry collection. A film based on McDougalls dramatic monologues is scheduled for release in the summer of 2000. She holds an MFA in creative writing (poetry) from the University of Arkansas.
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