Do Not Bring Him Water by Caitlin Scarano

Caitlin Scarano's debut poetry collection, Do Not Bring Him Water, bears witness to domestic trauma and the many forms it can take. In this collection, women escape knots of fishing wire, secret rooms behind radiator grates, hammers to the skull, vegetable gardens, howling houses, chains and chairs. Scarano orchestrates a strange, lyrical world where the lines between human/animal, male/female, past/future, guilt/innocence, and waking/dreaming blur with both visceral pleasure and danger. We are led through this world by a speaker who is attempting to both acknowledge and disrupt a history of violence and silence.

"Do Not Bring Him Water beckons the reader with its nostalgic pastoral landscape, then haunts them with the shadows of menacing animals and men. The writing is disarming, lyrical, and unhinged, and it often took me until the end of a poem to realize I'd been holding my breath the whole time. It's hard to believe this is a debut collection: the author has seen so much and lived to tell about it, and tell it with gorgeous darkness. This book will make you rethink language."

Andrea Gibson, author of Pansy, Pole Dancing to Gospel Hymns, and The Madness Vase


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