The grandfather clock’s musical chimes unsettle the night, marking all that time vanishing from the little Cape Cod on its neat square of lawn, shining under the streetlight. Of course a new girl grows up in my old room off the attic; a different mother plants more white peonies in the lush garden beds. The staircase railing detaches from the wall and everything—china cabinet, baby grand piano, brass cupola—shrinks, except the maple and sycamore, which now suddenly tower over the house, cradling my childhood in their green arms.
is the author of four books of prose poems and three chapbooks, most recently Instructions for My Imposter (Press 53) and Nineteen Letters (BatCat Press). She is also the author of Heart in a Jar (White Pine Press, 2017), Stay (Press 53, 2015), October Again (Burnside Review Press, 2012), and Whatever Shines (White Pine Press, 2001). In 2011, Parlor Press published We’ll See, a book of her translations of contemporary French poet Georges Godeau’s prose poems.
Poems, prose poems, and translations by McGookey have appeared in more than 50 literary venues, including among others: Boston Review, Copper Nickel, Crazyhorse, December, Denver Quarterly, Epoch, Field, Glassworks, Indiana Review, Miramar, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Quiddity, Quarterly West, Rhino, Seneca Review, Sweet, The Antioch Review, The Laurel Review, West Branch, Willow Springs; and in these anthologies published by White Pine Press: Nothing to Declare: A Guide to the Flash Sequence (2016), The Best of the Prose Poem: An International Journal (2000), The House of Your Dream: An International Collection of Prose Poetry (2008), and The Party Train: A Collection of North American Prose Poetry (1996).
McGookey has received grants from the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation, the Arts Fund of Kalamazoo County, the Sustainable Arts Foundation (2014), and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She has taught creative writing at Hope College, Interlochen Arts Academy, and Western Michigan University.
⚡ McGookey’s collection of prose poems
Instructions for My Imposter is
reviewed by Clare MacQueen in KYSO Flash (Issue 12,