Doritt Carroll reading

Doritt Carroll, author of In Caves, one of BrickHouse Books’ recent publications, will read from her work at The Writers’ Center on March 10 at 2 p.m.

Carroll is a D.C. attorney and poet, and her poems have appeared in journals such as Coal City ReviewPoet LoreNimrodSlipstreamRattlePlainsongsPoetry Depth QuarterlyMaryland Poetry ReviewExplorationsNegative CapabilityPoet’s CanvasIlluminationsThe Baltimore Review, and Journal of Formal Poetry.

We’ve included the title poem from her next collection, Glottal Stop, here:

glottal stop

everything good
is in the things
that we don’t say

if we were sculptures
in a gallery
it would be the elegant
space between them
carved by their marble arms

the moment after the scritch
when the match
flickers but doesn’t yet
burst into flame

the tightening in the air
as the black hand
clicks to the minute
the minute
when the recess bell
is going to ring

if there were two birds
singing in two trees
it would be
the moment
when they both paused
not to take in air
but because it was
the right place
in both of their songs
to pause
glottal stop


Reading location:

4508 Walsh St.
Bethesda, MD 2015

Excerpt from IN CAVES

The following poem is from local poet Doritt Carroll’s recently published collection In Caves.


a bridgejumper’s last thoughts

are of zachaeus

skinny little sinner

who scrambled up a tree

to try to see over the heads

of men he thought more blessed

it’s probably because

in the end there’s only one prayer

common to all men

swaying from great heights

ask me to come down


ask me to come down

April 11th Cruellest Month Poetry Reading

BrickHouse Books will be hosting this reading Monday night from 6:30 – 8:30 at the Towson Library. Two of our authors will be reading at this event:

  • Doritt Carroll, Maryland poet and attorney, had her poetry collection, “In Caves” published by BHB in 2010.
  • Bill Rivera, poet, scientist, and scholar, will have his collection of poetry, “Buried in the Mind’s Backyard,” will be published this year.

Anyone is welcome to come and sign up to read their work as well. Please come and enjoy some nice refreshments and lovely poetry.