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Jill McDonough's latest collection is fiercely unapologetic, transforming mundane moments into witty and provocative insights that closely examine the flaws in our quick-moving society. Using dark humor, the poems address the impermanence of life and how we should always find reasons to re-evaluate ourselves as empathetic beings over our selfish tendencies.
"Here's Jill McDonough, Here All Night, belting out an endearing song of herself that is, as Whitman's is, tuned in to some thrumming undercurrent of joy in all the mess that is America. The poems' catalogue of the unwieldy stuff of domestic life ultimately insists that things are pretty good--love endures, friends come through, there's plenty of gin. Unabashed and boisterous, McDonough's voice also coos with gratitude and aching tenderness. A vital book in multiple senses: read it and feel more alive." --Maggie Dietz
Jill McDonough is the author of Habeas Corpus (Salt, 2008), Oh, James! (Seven Kitchens, 2012), Where You Live (Salt, 2012), and Reaper (Alice James, 2017). The recipient of three Pushcart prizes and fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fine Arts Work Center, the New York Public Library, the Library of Congress, and Stanford's Stegner program, she taught incarcerated college students through Boston University's Prison Education Program for thirteen years. Her work has appeared in Poetry, Slate, The Nation, The Threepenny Review, and Best American Poetry. She teaches in the MFA program at UMass-Boston. Her fifth poetry collection, Here All Night, is forthcoming from Alice James Books.