“Speak” by Caitlin Buxbaum

Caitlin Buxbaum


However difficult a door may be to open,
once you find the key it becomes easy.
—Enta Kusakabe

The lock
on your battered mouth
is not
its only weakness;
every door has hinges.

Prompt: “This poem was written in response to a picture of a door posted to Instagram by the poet Adam Clay.”

from Rattle #81, Fall 2023
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Caitlin Buxbaum: “Prompts have a way of pulling poems out of me, like the needle that pushes a splinter from the skin; the further the prompt is from the ideas I most need to express, the more likely it is to get those words on paper. I don’t know if any of that makes sense.” (web)

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