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Moon Milk by Rachel Bower

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Through pregnancy, birth and early childhood, Rachel Bower’s poetry takes us on an unsentimental journey from womb to world. Along the way, she explores the largely unmapped territories of loss, bewilderment, shame, transformation and betrayal, and reclaims the intimate histories, mythologies and wisdom our bodies share.

This thought-provoking collection takes a frank, unflinching look at the joys and challenges of modern parenting, moving seamlessly between the mysterious, almost magical stages that make us what we are – people who create people.

‘A thing of beauty ... uplifting and heart-breaking in equal measure.' Yorkshire Post

‘Moon Milk blew me away. I love the mythologizing, the variety of form, the delicate handling of emotion and the feminist angle. A very fine book.’  Carole Bromley

‘Rachel Bower's poems brim with generosity and intelligence. Her work takes an unsentimental-but-joyous look at motherhood, and there's always hope and comfort in the way her writing defamiliarises the world. These poems are intimate and honest, full of strange fruit, glimpses of the moon, moments of privacy. They create new desire paths in language – paths you won't be able to resist following.’  Helen Mort



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