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"These poems are wayyy calibrated for a kind of tensile language that doesn't sacrifice Jill McDonough's enviable ability to talk pragmatically into the heart of the matter inside poems, which is itself a feat.  Reaper has all McDonough's best strengths—a perfect fusion of the early work's commitment to form and concept and project, plus the naughty yet sophisticated candor of Where You Live. . . it's a really good fucking book." —Kirsten Andersen

Reaper in The New York Times Book Review












"Where You Live is a wonder cabinet of personal and public histories, a book of witness and inquiry, and a gift for those of us who think the poet's profession is to invent a new language for a singular vision.  In this collection, the intersection of the domestic and the political is the human body.  McDonough shows us the body as viewed from museum curiosity to workaday sack of blood and guts.  From sinister anatomy book to sarcophagus.  From stripper to prison physician to the fragments of Sappho.  From the shadows of children scorched into the earth to an attempted sucide.  From the mercenary to the cab driver.  From hate crimes to sore feet.  Like McDonough's Habeas Corpus, this book leaves us aching for more."  —Michael McGriff








"Jill McDonough’s understated, elegant writing in her first book, Habeas Corpus, brings to narrative and description such a clean dignity that a book about executions achieves something nigh unto impossible. Histories of hangings and burnings and injectings wind up not sensational but mysterious. They are quiet like natural history dioramas where we understand what a miracle life is by its having been taken."  —Kay Ryan