Thoughts on “Old Questions”

This poem is one of my favorite pieces we have read in this class. The feeling of emptiness throughout the poem, with the speaker halfway responding to the italicized thoughts, essentially creating a representation of staring of into space while someone else is talking.

The last line with “She has found the back of his knees,” is so shocking. The emptiness that has carried through the poem, and her attention to what is going on in other rooms shoes the wanting to be normalized. She doesn’t want to be recognized for her disability, but wants to be able to just be a girl in another room.

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