Today's poem is "Caisson"
from Acetylene

Cider Press Review

Carol Quinn received her doctorate from the University of Houston, where she was the recipient of C. Glenn Cambor and Donald Barthelme Fellowships in Creative Writing. She also holds degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia and the University of Southern California. Her poetry, essays and reviews have appeared in The Cincinnati Review, Pleiades, Colorado Review, The American Literary Review, The National Poetry Review, The Emily Dickinson Journal, The American Book Review, The Missouri Review and elsewhere. Acetylene is Carol Quinn's first book of poems.

Other poems by Carol Quinn in Verse Daily:
March 1, 2008:   "Apostasy" "On Sundays, they appeared..."
January 30, 2006:   "Deep Sea Dantesca" " They’ll tell you how they live without the one..."

Books by Carol Quinn:

Other poems on the web by Carol Quinn:

About Acetylene:

"Carol Quinn brings together 'a potter's patience//and a welder's sense/of urgency' in this quietly poised and highly explosive first book. Acetylene burns with a fiery light."
—Edward Hirsch

"The voice that calls over time distinguishes this shining debut book of poems, Acetylene. Moving through centuries, through other languages, through myths and stories, Carol Quinn's work gathers emotions and events that call to the reader, making us aware of how difficult is it to connect, and how necessary. The poems carry a quiet charge that releases over their entire span."
—Molly Peacock

"The poems in Acetylene are full of love's bruised beauty, of history's shifting, calamitous authority, and of the dazzlingly fresh effect of revealed truth. The long sequence 'Soliloquies at the Outer Banks,' about the lost colony of Roanoke, is worth the price of admission alone. At every turn Carol Quinn's debut burns brightly, though 'this fuse may weld or wed, / cut or cauterize, as it dissolves / what was.'"
—Dorothy Barresi

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