Jill McDonough’s book of poetry Reaper is written at a desperate time for humanity. We currently face the threats of overpopulation, pollution and global warming, all of which highlight questions of control and technology. McDonough brings awareness to these issues while at the same time providing a hope for the future.
McDonough predicts that the loss of our humanity, nature, and the loss of human nature – the loss of the self – will all be, in part, due to the rise of technology. We, as a species, are becoming numb to our own desires, “wanting … wanting” (10). People are now content to be “distracted” (16), brainwashed, in a sense, numb to life. We take for granted the little things, things that don’t require technology, like emotions, feelings, or experiences; the more we allow technology to rule our loves, the more we are lose our true selves.