Some of the material on the theme of girlhood that appears in “Bless the Daughter” feels familiar from Shire’s first chapbook. Anaxagorou, the British poet, suggested that early fame creates the expectation that an artist replicate her early successes, which can feel paralyzing. “I think for many young poets who might experience a disproportionate amount of mainstream attention, they run the risk of reproducing a work that’s too similar to the last,” he said. But Shire’s exploration of her community feels fresh and incisive. The poet and novelist Julia Alvarez told me, of the collection, “There’s a rawness and power that is burning on the page.”

Shire is now at work on a book of prose poetry about mental illness. “I’m really personally committed to removing as much stigma or taboo from things that I feel, at times, ashamed about,” she told me, putting her photographs back into the shoebox. “I identify with the unhinged women that I’m writing about; I am one.” The book may also explore a miscarriage that she had in 2018, and her experience of motherhood. With “Bless the Daughter,” Shire had said everything she needed to say about her upbringing. “It was the last, last piece of dirt to throw on that period of my life,” she said. “I feel completely at peace. Moving on.” ♦