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The love

a mother has

with her child

is vulnerable 

In no other relationship

will someone know you 

from the guts

In no other love

will they touch the ugliness

of you and 

still call it 


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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