Lullabies for the End of the World
Real life: I got pregnant three days before the 2016 U.S. presidential election (that's me on the cover). These poems tell that story. Over the past months, I've thought a lot about transformation, resistance, and what it means to live in (and grow life inside) a female body.
Despite having a strong support system, I have struggled with physical pregnancy symptoms as well as depression and anxiety related to both motherhood and patriotism. I'm writing poetry to cope and, I hope, to give voice to some common experiences among women that are so rarely approached from an honest, raw perspective. I plan to continue adding to this collection after I give birth to a daughter at the end of July, 2017.
Why "Lullabies"? Because some of these poems are created from lullaby melodies. I'm trying out a new form, a way to translate melody into poetry. As a singer and music historian, I am curious about the boundaries between music and the written word.
I haven't written much poetry since middle school (you can read it in "The UnSlut Project"). These poems are my way of working through complicated, new feelings during a transition period, and I am very open to and appreciative of your comments and constructive criticism!