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The Driver, The Journey, The Fall

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  10 ratings  ·  8 reviews
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 fi ...more
Paperback, 92 pages
Published January 28th 2019 by Raven Shadow Press
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Oct 08, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve tried to read poetry at various times and ended up each time asking myself. “What is this? What is the author trying to say?” This is another of those times. I think The Driver, The Journey, The Fall was well written but I didn't really understand most of it. I was provided an ARC of this book by NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. ...more
J.D. DeHart
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful, striking images work lyrically from words in this worthwhile and enjoyable collection. Literary, lively, and to be savored.
Sondra Brooks
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 o
Nathaniel Darkish
As with almost any collection of writing, this was a little bit of a mixed bag. Some of the poems were excellent, many were okay, and a few really didn't do it for me. That said, I feel like McDougald is worth watching as I feel like she has good ideas and is developing a voice that will only grow stronger over her career. ...more
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I received this book for free from NetGalley.
I am also in a strange emotional state, so all my opinions might be harsh and my reviews may read less coherently.

Now that the disclaimers are out of the way...

This reads as more substantial poetry than some of the other books that more popular poets are publishing these days, in my personal opinion. I also enjoyed that some of these poems fit that "traditional poetry" thing with rhyming and all that. Especially since I waver back and forth on how I
Patrick Combs
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I truly appreciated reading this book because it took me on a journey of wide-ranging real feelings and many feelings which I often do not access in myself. I was surprised to feel sorrow. I was pleased to be back in touch with regret. I felt my own angst over the world's peril. And the longer I read, the more deeply I felt my humanity.... The writer in me admired how adeptly Lisa chose word combinations I would have never thought to use to paint pictures I would never have otherwise been able t ...more
Jeremy Mifsud
Nov 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I received an Advanced Review Copy from Net Galley in exchanged for an honest review. The book is expected to be published in March 2019.

After reading this collection, I let it sit in my brain for a couple of days before writing this review, as I was unsure of how I felt about it. I had to revisit the poetry because it’s not memorable.

There’s on overarching theme of bleakness. However, I was inundated with repetitive imagery; most poems seemed to be rewrites of another (similar content, similar
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, poetry, e-book

Promising debut from McDougald here. Had a very modern feel, covering a range of themes, some random and surprisingly poignant given the subject matter. There was a fair few poems in this collection like Lost My Heart and Valley of Memory that completely clicked with me, and others that missed the mark a little but I liked regardless.

Would happily pick up future works by the poet on the back of this.

This was an ARC in exchange for an honest review. With thanks to Netgalley and the publisher.
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