“That poem changed how I saw something as simple as the wind,” Doyle asserted. “The idea that language can shape and change an ordinary experience was really profound to me, and I just knew that I wanted to be involved in making those kinds of things happen, with language, for other people.”
"You write what you’ve read. You write what you’ve loved. And what I’ve always read and always loved are poems in which the sonic quality is really important. Poems that walk a line somewhere between story and song, with some mystery in there as well.”
“A poem that can resonate with people on a surface degree of accessibility, but then have a number of hidden qualities once you enter it.” That, Doyle stated, “has always been my goal.”
She seems to have met it. “Wish,” Warren wrote, is “that rare poem where the form is integral to the story.”
In her commentary, Warren appreciated Doyle’s careful attention to form which, in her view, both illuminated the narrator’s feelings and propelled the poem’s story.
“Each of the first four trimeter couplets expresses one of the speaker’s wishes,” she observed. “Each line begins with ‘I told him I needed’ and the final three couplets look back on the wishes with wrenching regret. Following each little couplet is a parenthesis: one tetrameter line explaining why the wish, although granted, ironically failed.”
“The parentheses play on the idiom ‘wishing for the moon.’ They rhyme, and—taken by themselves—collectively make a poem in their own right,” Warren said, noting that, “the seven trimeter couplets themselves make up an unrhymed sonnet—with a conventional volta between the octave and the sestet.”
Learning the production side of literature.
As she continues work on her PhD, Doyle will serve this year as an Assistant Editor for UC’s own influential literary journal, The Cincinnati Review.
“I’ve never worked up close, and in such a detailed way, on the putting-together of a literary magazine,” she beamed.
“We learn every aspect of it, including copyediting, selecting pieces for publication, communicating with authors, and creating online content. That’s one of the special things about being at UC. I’m really looking forward to it,” Doyle said.
She’s also working on her first book manuscript, which she hopes to have completed by her anticipated graduation next year.
“Being here has been a gift for me. It’s a really supportive community, but also very rigorous.”