Moira MacDougall‘s artistic life began as a serious student of classical ballet and modern dance. It is poetry, however, that has wed her love of movement and rhythm with voice and linguistic performance. She has been published in Canadian and American literary journals. Bone Dream (Tightrope Books, 2009) was her first collection of poems.
Her second collection, Vanishing Acts, is now available (Pedlar Press, 2019). MacDougall’s studies include undergraduate degrees in English, Humanities and Psychology, and an M.A. in Adult Education. She lives in The Beach in Toronto, Ontario.
For a poet to really get to the heart of loss, one has to suffer much; one needs a range of texts to triangulate personal pains with that of mythic figures; and one needs talent. In Vanishing Acts, Moira MacDougall harnesses the grief from cancer survivorship, the witness of many deaths in her family, and transforms these circumstances into intertextual song. As “Shanks, Femurs & Shoulder Blades” puts it, MacDougall’s poems “embrace your bones.” —Shane Neilson