American Life In Poetry
January 31, 2019
Caitlin Doyle, who lives in Ohio, writes haunting, memorable poetry about the familiar and the strange. Her poetry is a fine example of what I call strategic artistry, as if her words have been carefully held back until they burst into light at just the right moment. This sonnet, in which a young girl awakens to a world of new discoveries, originally appeared in The New Criterion.
“A cradle thief,” my mother called the man
we’d see in shops, cafes, parks, even church,
with “that poor girl” beside him. Hand in hand,
they’d walk as if they didn’t feel the scorch