This is the author’s first book of poems. The collection is divided into three natural moods or seasons—we follow our speaker’s shifts through grief and despair, awareness and observation, hope and inspiration. Each poem was selected and revised from pieces written between 1991 and 2017.
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 fighting to sustain herself in a shifting and often isolating modern world through the decay of the 20th century and the dawning of the 21st. She offers us a swing in the park—sharing moments that threaten to plunge us off a cliff, but imploring us to hang on. And we will.
“…light on exuberance and strong on exacting observation, a bit like Emily Dickinson…”
— NEIL HOWE, author and historian of American generations
“I truly appreciated reading this book…. 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….”
Countdown to my official launch date of The Driver, The Journey, The Fall—
March 26, 2019!
With National Poetry Month just around the corner, I will be focusing on marketing and connecting with readers. It has been quite the adventure from start to finish! I’ve learned a lot and super excited to see a book I have contemplated for many years, be realized. I will be sharing stories behind the poems and inviting you to ask questions about the work in future posts so stay tuned… Check out the latest reviews on Goodreads!
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 liked regardless. Would happily pick up future works by the poet on the back of this.
As I am in the review process of my poetry collection, The Driver, The Journey, The Fall, I had the opportunity to interview with Kallie at Tell Tell Poetry about my process and experience as a newly minted Self-Publisher! I want to thank Kallie and all the staff at Tell Tell Poetry for making my book the best it can be!
I am excited to announce the advanced review copy of The Driver, The Journey, The Fall – now available on NetGalley for a limited time! Please feel free to share, comment, and let me know what you think!
I would like to announce my new Press Kit page now up! Over the past several months I have been working on my first poetry collection with an official release date of March 26, 2019. The book is in the final editing stages and will be available on NetGalley.com in the next month for reviews.
Check out the official press release and photos and feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. Stay tuned for more details…