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Birth & What Came After

Birth & What Came After

poems on motherhood, available now on Amazon

Birth & What Came After: The Book

birth poems motherhood

motherhood poems book

From Barbara Demske, The First Latch

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“This beautiful book of poetry fell into my lap just very recently. I was nursing my youngest son who is 22 months old reading a poem on weaning. The emotions that overcame my soul I’m not yet able to articulate, but I knew instantly I needed more. I am so incredibly thankful to have found this work of art. Breastfeeding and motherhood changes us in our core and we are all connected in this way. This is an amazing gift for any mama you know. Available on Amazon and incredibly affordable!”  — Birth & What Came After was featured on The First Latch’s 2017 Holiday Gift Guide!


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“Few experiences are as powerful, as deeply poetic, as childbirth. Many poets have written powerfully about it; I think of Gabriela Mistral, of Sharon Olds, of Martha Silano. Jessica Bates writes in that great tradition. In her keen eye, “every tummy ripple gets attention”; she is rapt in the face of “this wild thing that came from” her body. Birth is messy, and Bates doesn’t blush or flinch when describing the blood and goo of her lived experience. This is the poetry of “a glistening goddess, naked and pacing”.” – Tom C. Hunley, author of PLUNK and THE STATE THAT SPRINGFIELD IS IN

Birth & What Came After is an authentic look into the journey of motherhood. It is raw and pure and captivating. It tugged at my heart strings and ached into my womb. I highly recommend this to moms and someday moms.” – Mandy, mother of 3, artist, runner

Your forward Well, had me cheering. Your first Yes No Maybe So had me crying.” – Laura, mother, math enthusiast, data scientist

“Each poem gives a beautiful, truthful glimpse of the precious and painful moments before and after the birth of a child. It shows the strength & bond of women, family, and ourselves, & it surprised me with a dabble of death. Heartfelt and full of themes that connect us all as mothers, it is exceptionally written and should be shared. It made me laugh, and cry, and gave me new perspective. I will read it again & again & enjoy it more each time.” – Karen, mother, runner, educator


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* Signed copies @ From Nashville with Love *

You can also find signed copies of my book locally in Nashville at From Nashville With Love downtown in the Arcade & at Atmalogy on West End.

I’m in the midst of planning a signing, so if you want to be in the loop on that, please join my email list at the bottom of the page.

Thank you, thank you, for all of your support. If you’ve read Birth & What Came After and felt moved by it, please consider leaving a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads. Reviews are so essential to independent authors; I would truly appreciate it! And if you have a mother in your life, or a mother’s child, who might enjoy these poems, send the book their way!

After I gave birth, I was flooded with emotions. I spun these feelings into poems; at times they seemed to fall out of me. Other times I pulled them painfully. That’s how I birthed my second baby, Birth & What Came After.

And now it’s in the world, a book of birth & motherhood poems called Birth & What Came After. These 56 poems deal with birth, motherhood, nursing, newborn days, family, anxieties and fears, intense love, and coping with death.

If you’d like to read more about the book’s creation, please check out my blog post on birthing this book child.

// Cover photo by Nashville photographer Cody Emberton. She does weddings, portraits, travel photography & more. She’s awesome; call her and tell her I said hi. //

I’m so so thrilled to share Birth & What Came After with you. Even if you aren’t a mother, we all came from a mother. Motherhood is a celebration of life.

On May 21, I was featured on Everyday Poetry with Sandee Gertz on Radio Free Nashville.





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