Bandit/Queen: The Runaway Story of Belle Starr (under contract with Clemson University Press, 2020) is a true crime poetry project exploring Belle Starr, a notorious wild west outlaw, and how newspaper coverage may have shaped her public image. As the media elevated Belle Starr from a lawbreaker to a compelling anti-hero, her criminality became more alluring and elaborate. Today’s cult of personality and evolving media ecosystem—from carefully crafted Twitter personas to true crime podcasts—underscore the topical appeal of this project. Threaded in the documentary poetry collection will be narrative and experimental works about identity, perception, rule breaking, and (in)authenticity.
Scranton Lace (Clemson University Press, 2018), covered by PBS NewsHour. “A lyrical and brutal dismantling” (Philadelphia Stories). Watch the animated trailer for Scranton Lace inspired by the atonal ghosts of violin frequencies. If visualized, these vibrations might look like lace.
Girls Like You (Clemson University Press, 2015), a 28th Annual Lambda Literary Awards Finalist. Watch the animated trailer for Girls Like You — a queer interpretation of Plato's cave shadow allegory.
"Girls Like You is a masterful collection—at turns haunting, hilarious and heartbreaking. Douaihy pulls off a magic trick: by focusing our attention to deeply intimate moments and memories, her gorgeously wrought poems conjure the epic." —Stephen Karam, 2016 Tony Award Winner for Best Play
"5 out of 5 Stars"... "Girls Like You is not only a refreshing addition to LGBTQ literature, but also a collection that speaks to all who seek introspection." —The San Francisco Book Review
"Margot Douaihy spins us into the heart of living with a direct, passionate voice: …Even when I’m still, something’s clawing what’s clawing are these stunning poems, alive with bravery and crisp imagination." —Jan Beatty, author of The Switching Yard
"Deceptively lighthearted, or whimsically serious—or both, and full of surprises." —The Columbia Review of Books
"Part Sappho, part Sexton, part Bishop and part Akhmatova, Margot Douaihy’s poems have urban sophistication, energy and a conscience. Girls Like You is current, smart, wry and accurate—an agile collection." —Kathryn Maris
"With technical virtuosity, Douaihy deftly moves from crystalline free verse, to densely wrought prose poems, to tight forms like the triolet or villanelle. Her speakers are plaintive, seductive, and strident in turn, bearing witness to a young woman's coming of age on the cusp of the twenty-first century." —Amy Lemmon
"Douaihy’s poems are built, layer upon layer...all with the weaving skill of a spider." —Grant Clauser
I Would Ruby If I Could (Factory Hollow Press, 2013)
"Playfulness... creativity... a declaration."