Home poet index kansas poems poetry insight lesson plans links groups jo mcdougall is the author of five books of poetry satisfied with havoc dirt towns facing railroads from darkening porches and the woman in the next booth among her awards are a dewitt wallace readers digest writing award academy of american poets award and arkansass porter prize. Jo garot mcdougall is a poet of the arkansas deltaher work is noted for its sparseness and evocation of small town life her poems are subtle portraits of the lives of rural families farmers housewives and the struggles and tragedies they face. Get this from a library from darkening porches poems jo mcdougall in just five lines jo mcdougall can make you shudder her poems are often as stark and open as their settings the kansas plains and southern bottomlands but in these wide fields and hot kitchens . Jo mcdougalls poems are often terse distillations of life miraculously captured in just a few lines sometimes she can turn a small moment upsidedown in a way that leaves you breathless her poems look out on life with an unflinching honesty and the apparent simplicity of her language belies the depth of her vision. In in the home of the famous dead we note jo mcdougalls alignment with storytellers with her ear for dialect and a heart for the cadences and tics of human behaviorshe lives in a family tracing back in our literature through eudora welty robert frost and mark twain this collection is a box of jewels each polished to its own shine
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