the poetry that matters

Caitlin Elizabeth Thomson

Caitlin Elizabeth Thomson is a Canadian currently residing in Brooklyn, New York. She has a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in many places, including: The Literary Review of Canada, Softblow, A cappella Zoo, The Toronto Quarterly, Welter, Going Down Swinging, and the anthology Killer Verse.



People speak now of the

texture of absence,


the yellow nubbed air

in the street car replacing a stranger

with blue eyes and sideburns.


The small hovering

of cadmium in a lovers

spot on the couch.


Smear of ocher

above a swing.


Initially the fear of madness,

fingers being pointed

and rooms locked, kept lips

pressed together. Pursed


until whole nursing homes remained

full of beds, bleach, respirators

connected only to the walls.


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                                                                                                               January 31, 2012