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Anatomy Of A Ghost by Sarah Doyle

Sarah Doyle

Sarah Doyle is the Pre-Raphaelite Society’s Poet-in-Residence, and is widely placed and published, winning the Wolverhampton Literature Festival poetry competition and Holland Park Press’s Brexit in Poetry 2019, and being runner-up in the Keats-Shelley Prize 2019 and 2020. She was highly commended in the Forward Prizes 2018. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from UL Royal Holloway, and is currently researching a PhD in meteorological poetry at Birmingham City University. More at

About This Poem

Looking at photographs of myself as a child, I feel oddly disconnected from the little girl I was, as if we are two different people existing at the same time, but in different dimensions; I want so much to talk to her and to reassure her. This led me to consider the ways in which we engage with old photographs and with keepsakes in general – whether belonging to ourselves or to others – and how we reconcile our personal histories with the here and now.


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