“Robert Graves once remarked that in a good poem, the letters on the page stand out in relief,” says John Drury, UC English professor. “That applies to Caitlin’s richly detailed, deeply layered poems. Her poetry is full of verbal music, imaginative turns, and surprising insights.
“A good example is ‘Wish,’ which appeared on a widely read national website, ‘Poetry Daily,’ after its publication in ‘The Yale Review.’ Here are the first six lines:
I told him I needed time — he gave me a cuckoo clock
(I couldn’t work the winding key)
I told him I needed space — he gave me a telescope
(or make the moon look back at me)
“This marvelous poem, which sounds both simple and mysterious, like a nursery rhyme or folk tale, is actually a disguised sonnet. It demonstrates how to follow a poetic tradition and still be an innovator.”