Kaye McDonough's Pagan: Selected Poems ($17.95) reverberates with a loving touch that spares nothing. Within its pages the impressions of a poet who focuses on lovers, friends, and family comes to life. The deft artistry of Vermeer, the splendid pathos of Beat legend Bob Kaufman, and the lives of many women are among the themes handled with grace and craftsmanship. McDonough serves as a witness to the mysteries of the ordinary. The impressive range of these poems will serve to enlighten and entertain generations to come.
Kaye McDonough was born in Pittsburgh in 1943, and studied literature at Vassar College before transferring to the University of California at Berkeley, where she earned a degree in Art History during the turbulent 1960s. She went to Paris in 1963 and explored the literary haunts of the "lost generation" before making her way back to California. She became part of the North Beach scene in San Francisco as a young publisher of Greenlight Press, and associate editor and typesetter for Alix Geluardi’s now classic anthology of San Francisco poets, 185. She has an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, and has been a visiting playwright/poet at City College of New York, University of Utah, and Brown University. She has taught at various colleges and universities while continuing to do readings and to publish in numerous small press magazines. She is currently at work on a memoir, The Spell of Bohemia.