Reaper

Reaper Reaper knocked me flat with its utter breathlessness McDonough paints a stark picture of a soulless tomorrow ruled by the technologies of convenience a tomorrow we just might stop if we could Patricia

  • Title: Reaper
  • Author: Jill McDonough
  • ISBN: 9781938584268
  • Page: 370
  • Format: Paperback
  • Reaper knocked me flat with its utter breathlessness McDonough paints a stark picture of a soulless tomorrow ruled by the technologies of convenience a tomorrow we just might stop if we could Patricia SmithThese dark, straightforward poems showcase the power of technology by painting a vivid picture of America s expanding drone program and the havoc we wreak and Reaper knocked me flat with its utter breathlessness McDonough paints a stark picture of a soulless tomorrow ruled by the technologies of convenience a tomorrow we just might stop if we could Patricia SmithThese dark, straightforward poems showcase the power of technology by painting a vivid picture of America s expanding drone program and the havoc we wreak and then ignore around the globe McDonough offers the past, present, and future as non linear timelines, and explores how the intersection between man and machine is starting to blur, and how we re losing qualities essential to being human.From My Sister Wants to Buy My Dad a Drone For Father s Day What a pain in the ass to have a sister like me,who won t just fork over her share of the dough Who has to feel dumb ways about things, distracted by names like DarkStar, Scan Eagle, Shadow,Wasp Block Who doesn t want a toy airplane with a camera My dad is not going to shoot suspected insurgents, hover over his neighbors homes for days Technology is fungible Also really cool Drones don t kill people, people et cetera People drownin water But I still want to drink it.Jill McDonough is the winner of a 2014 Lannan Literary Fellowship and three Pushcart prizes She s received fellowships from 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, and 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 directs the MFA program at UMass Boston and 24PearlStreet, the Fine Arts Work Center online.

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    1. Jill McDonough’s book of poetry Reaper is written at a desperate time for humanity. We currently face the threats of overpopulation, pollution and global warming, all of which highlight questions of control and technology. McDonough brings awareness to these issues while at the same time providing a hope for the future.McDonough predicts that the loss of our humanity, nature, and the loss of human nature – the loss of the self – will all be, in part, due to the rise of technology. We, as a [...]

    2. McDonough turns a journalistic sensibility toward technology--robots, drones, 3D printers, smartphones--and toward its human makers and users. What I loved best about the book is how she looks on these objects with both wonder and fear, marveling at their beauty and revealing their terrible capacities. McDonough demonstrates time and again that it's not technology that's violent, but the human agency that puts it to work. She gets at this most succinctly in "My Sister Wants to Buy My Dad a Drone [...]

    3. Poems about robots, bombs, drones, with a bit of randomness to round out the collection. Not much impressed me. The anti-war cliches got tired years ago. Let them sleep.Favorites:"Bad Decisions" - a short, simple piece "The Money" - a mural at Goldman Sachs, New York CityYou can tell a secret in a poem and it will stay a secretforever. No one reads poems except for me and you.

    4. thewandererliteraryjournal.woJill McDonough’s book of poetry Reaper is written at a desperate time for humanity. We currently face the threats of overpopulation, pollution and global warming, all of which highlight questions of control and technology. McDonough brings awareness to these issues while at the same time providing a hope for the future.McDonough predicts that the loss of our humanity, nature, and the loss of human nature – the loss of the self – will all be, in part, due to the [...]

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