Waiting to Unfold offers an unflinching and honest look at the challenges and blessings of early parenthood.
Poet and rabbi Rachel Barenblat wrote one poem during each week of her son's first year of life, chronicling the wonder and the delight along with the pain of learning to nurse, the exhaustion of sleep deprivation, and the dark descent into — and eventual ascent out of — postpartum depression.
Barenblat brings her rabbinic training and deep spirituality to bear on this quintessential human experience. She also resists sentimentality or rosy soft-focus. While some of these are poems of wonder, others were written in the trenches.
These poems resist and refute the notion that anyone who doesn't savor every instant of exalted motherhood deserves stigma and shame. And they uncover the sweetness folded in with the bitter.
By turns serious and funny, aching and transcendent, these poems take an unflinching look at one woman's experience of becoming a mother.
(From the publisher's website)
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