Pop Poem: The Shipfitter's Wife by Dorianne Laux

In this feature, I highlight poems that are accessible but stick with you. Like a good song, a pop poem goes down easy, but you also want to hum its lines over and over again.

"The Shipfitter's Wife" by Dorianne Laux

Using sex as a narrative vehicle, Dorianne Laux creates a concise and moving portrait of a hardworking and loving couple who take comfort in each other. "The Shipfitter's Wife" is a poem that is both muscular and musical, gritty and beautiful.