L-R: Ann Lauterbach and her new book of poetry, Door.
Ann Lauterbach, David and Ruth Schwab Professor of Languages and Literature, spoke with Mitzi Rapkin on Literary Hub
’s First Draft
podcast. Her newest collection of poetry, Door
(Penguin Poets, 2023), reflects on doors and other thresholds, as well as what Lauterbach describes as poetry’s capacity to function as “the invisible mend between the state of feeling and the state of thinking.” Lauterbach said her father’s death the week before her eighth birthday influenced her writing, and in particular her preoccupation with time and “things not being in the right order.” Asked by Rapkin what she wanted readers to take away from Door
, Lauterbach said she hoped the collection, which was written “inside of a solitude,” would have the impact and status of an event.