The Driver, The Journey, The Fall (Advance Reading Copy)
by Lisa M. McDougald
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Pub Date 26 Mar 2019 | Archive Date 30 Nov 2018
Raven Shadow Press, Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members' Titles
In THE DRIVER, THE JOURNEY, THE FALL, Lisa M. McDougald navigates confession and autobiography, writing about a range of trials: the death of her grandfather, love lost and longed for, a co-worker’s suicide, and existential anxieties. The author meditates on her heritage by contemplating DNA; she looks upward, celestial, probing there for answers. Here is an ardent soul fighting to sustain herself in a shifting and often isolating modern world through the decay of the 20th century and the dawning of the 21st. She offers us a swing in the park—sharing moments that threaten to plunge us off a cliff, but imploring us to hang on. And we will.
“…terrific language, vivid imagery, ear for musicality and rhythm, and attention to line breaks cause The Driver, The Journey, The Fall to haunt the reader long after they’ve read the collection. This has been one of the most masterfully organized poetry manuscripts I’ve read.”
- Tell Tell Poetry Editor | telltellpoetry.com
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If someone asked me what this compilation of poetry is about, I would say, "Everything." And it is written by a woman who has apparently spent a great many years thinking about............everything. It is beautiful in its intensity and honesty, but describing the work with those those two words does not do her poetry justice,
So much poetry is flowery and vague; you almost picture the author sitting down and striving to write words that will smother you with imagery. But Lisa McDougald writes of what you have most likely dared to think about in your more honest moments, your darkest moments, the fears that overcome you upon waking at 3:00 AM, and maybe even insights that came upon you in meditation but you could not put into words. She doesn't label her verse as such, but I was able to tap into her words and find myself there.
This is a work I will keep at my bedside table for times when I can be alone and undisturbed. It is a work to be taken in slowly.
Read it slowly and ponder.
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