james mcgonigal
Poet  •  Critic

Contact  James McGonigal

This website is mainly about my writing, which is not all of life. As a fairly patient (or persistent, untiring, undistracted or plain slow) writer, I’d hesitate to count the hours spent. Poems attract me because of their self-containment and unexpectedness. Time behaves differently there.

Most of my writing has been published over the years in ‘fugitive’ or small-press or academic outlets, and so is not readily available or searchable. Different forms of publication have been called for, clustered under four headings here. That is, poetry, biography, and in my work as editor and as critic. Click on the drop down menu for further information and for writing samples. For those interested, a more comprehensive list of my publications is available on the Bibliography page.


A James McGonigal notebook page