Where You Live Paperback / softback
Part of the Salt Modern Poets series
Martinis and fantastic breasts. A wild wedding hangover. Pink angora and instructing six women / to write tercets on snow.
In lesbian love-poems, conversations, intimate jokes from a hundred parties, five prisons, and three beloved bars, Jill McDonough's second book tells where we live, and how: each day fresh with the gift of it.
Fierce/nose-sting of tears, quick breath out of nowhere. Often frankly autobiographical, her poems are also peopled with others' stories.
Some are familiar - Cary Grant and Charles Darwin, Sappho and Hildegard von Bingen.
Others we come to know: prison inmates Julie and Andrea, friends comforting in kitchens or riotous in the yard, the little Chinese lady from the Lucky Star kiosk.
McDonough is honest with them: stitches their actual words into her poems, understands their motives and her own.
This poetry is vivid with reality, even where the subjects are pictures: Mary in an illuminated Annunciation suspicious / in her lapis robes, her double chin doubting, perhaps / one eyebrow raised; or a small, unseemly Venus, hair in pearls holding the dead Adonis and furious at death and grief. Above all there are poems of love and desire - I, Jill McDonough, have something to declare: je t'aime, je t'adore, Josey - ardent, funny, and erotically charged:For better or worse.
For rootcanal, for laughing on the highspeed ferry to the cape.
My mouthon your neck, say. My hand on youremerald-cut calf.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 108 pages, No
- Publisher: Salt Publishing
- Publication Date: 15/08/2012
- Category: Poetry by individual poets
- ISBN: 9781844719099