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Satisfied With Havoc: Poems
By Jo McDougall
Autumn House Press, 2004
Trade Paper, $14.95 (70 pages)
ISBN: 0-9669419-9-3
 
 
 

The poems in Satisfied With Havoc are for grown-ups. Jo McDougall writes about the pleasure that comes with being in a long term marriage, the gratification of work, the devastation of burying an adult child, and the bittersweetness of survival. 

Born and raised on a rice farm in Arkansas, the poet uses the memories of her childhood -- breeds of chickens, a farmhouse kitchen, small town rumors -- turning the day's events into the universal longings of humanity. Domesticity, rage, passion, and sorrow find their way into these poems but don't dominate them; instead, there's a quiet strength. 

The 2002 winner of the Arkansas' Porter Prize, Jo McDougall lives in Little Rock. She has received a John Ciardi Fellowship, awards from the Dewitt Wallace/Reader's Digest Foundation, the Academy of American Poets, and four fellowships to the McDowell Colony. She's published five books of poetry including DIRT (which was also published by Autumn House Press). She has taught at various universities in Arkansas, Kansas, and Louisiana.

 

Pam Kingsbury
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