An interview with alum Alicia Jo Rabins (poetry, ’09) appears at The Collagist:
“No One Can Give You What You Take from Yourself” and “Home Birth Videos” have some thematic similarities. Can you tell me a little bit about the origins of these poems?
Last summer, I was pregnant with my second child. He was due July 31, and I decided to write a poem a day throughout the month of July, to trace this heightened and strange time with words. There is a psychedelic stillness in the last weeks before a baby is born, when you literally embody the term “pregnant pause.” Both these poems come out of that moment and that series…full of birthing imagery, energy, and thoughts.
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