"Bringing My Son to the Police Station to be Fingerprinted," by Shoshauna Shy.
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I chose this poem because it raises a lot of questions as you read it. The title is very important because it is really the only direct indication that she is going to a police station. Initially, you wonder why she is going to the police station and expect the poem to explain. Instead, she is focused on her outfit through the entire poem. There are a number of theories as to why she is so concerned about her outfit, but the likely reason is she is using her outfit as an escape from the unsettling reality.
~Lauren Krauth, UW-Eau Claire student, English 348
April is National Poetry Month! UW-Eau Claire students in English 348 (Topics in American Literature) are celebrating National Poetry Month with the McIntyre Library.
Featured poems will be listed here in the order they appear on the blog.