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Toi Derricotte: In Knowledge of Young Boys

i knew you when your connections
belonged only to yourself,
when you had no history
to hook on to

November 14, 2022 · Leave a comment

Anna Hennessey: I saw my baby as a river flowing through me, and gave birth

I imagined a large river cascading down a mountain through my own body. The image was strong in my mind and my body was calm.

July 23, 2022 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: Meconium

it is sacred, the way
soil clinging to the seed
of a new shoot
pushing out of the earth
is sacred

October 2, 2021 · 15 Comments

Video: A Mind Sang

In the last moments before childbirth, a mother sees how similar her life and her child’s life will be.

December 6, 2020 · 1 Comment

Adrie Kusserow: Fontanelegy

I felt the manic bird
of her heartbeat flutter into my throat,
her unfinished nerves sparking and misfiring,
the tiny wings of her blood rushing in and out.

July 6, 2020 · 7 Comments

Sarah Sunshine Manning: Decolonizing Birth — Women Take Back Their Power as Life-Givers

“We’re just beginning to bring those Indigenous perspectives forward again.” . Zintkala Mahpiya Win Blackowl didn’t plan to have her sixth baby in a tipi on the windy plains of … Continue reading

April 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

Kate Daniels — The Addict’s Mother: Birth Story

She wasn’t watching when they cut him Out.  C-section, you know.  Green drape Obscuring the mound of ripened belly They extracted him from.  He spilled Out squalling, already starving.  Still … Continue reading

April 3, 2018 · 1 Comment

Elizabeth Romero: Birth

The next day she got up because of a dream. The railroad cars were loaded with pale lumber in the sun and all around were green-gold trees. On the table … Continue reading

January 3, 2018 · Leave a comment

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