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I hate these 

short dark 

days of 

unyielding winter



body (self) 

in various states of 


My life force 

escaping out of 

every pore

every orifice 

All the pads

soaking me up

Little fish mouth

eating me up

There’s a long 

night ahead

met by a cold


My breath 

hangs in the air


There would 

be a black sky 


if not for

the pollutive 

glow of the city—



of isolation 

The Mother Myths

Our very own  Zoë Etkin has released her third book, The Mother Myths,  a collection of poems that explores what society tells us makes a “good mother,” and how those myths and narratives create internalized tension, self-doubt, and shame in new mothers. The poems in The Mother Myths span from the time of childbirth through the first few years postpartum, chronicling the tender beauty of this time, as well as the deep grief of lost identity and changed body. This collection puts the raw and real aspects of the postpartum period into the light for all to see, exposing what so many mothers go through in the Western version of parenthood. Any mother who reads this collection is sure to find a piece of her own experience somewhere in the book, and in doing so, knows she is not alone.

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