In·ter·punct shares book reviews, art news, lit theory and daily musings from the intimate lives of writers. It seeks to highlight, in an edgy and sprightly fashion, the poetic moments that punctuate our lives.
It started in Hawaii, an admiration for birth. After listening to an experienced midwife and doulas about the power of the uterus, the breast milk’s connection to the baby’s immune system and the interconnection between baby and mommy throughout the birth process, I wanted to support moms and encourage them through birth; so I completed a DONA International approved Birth Doula Workshop from the Academy of Certified Birth Educators.
Our educator, Linda Herrick asked everyone about our fears. In that moment, I did not have to put my fears in a box and shove them under the bed. No, she held each of our hands and listened. No advice, just repeating so I knew she understood my fear just as it was. Then she talked about ways to address my concerns and she supported me through the workshop.
When I moved back to Buffalo to pursue my passion to write, I would not forget about birth. In my writing, I used my experiences from the classes to express attitudes about birth. In my Fish Place Rookie Collection, a series of poems about a catcher working at a pet shop, The Fish Place in North Tonawanda, I begin to write about fear as well as women in labor and living through it.
I would have a chance to share my poems with midwifes and doulas, when I gained an opportunity to organize El Buen Amigo’s International Women’s Month Series. On Saturday, March 5, 2016, the Women Birthing program began with doula and musician, Sara Rodriquez performing her original pieces. The speakers from the Buffalo Midwifery Services: Eileen Stewart and Regine L. Marton made it, coming right from a birth. The open mic, Birth is Beautiful.
Here is another poem I read:
Christopher Malinowski wrote a piece after attending Allentown Poet’s Workshop for Women Birthing. Thank you to Chris for coming out to the open mic and adding his longer poem, to give us an experience of birth from a guy’s perspective. Later he admitted to Regina that he really has never been to a birth and he was hoping his poem accurately portrayed birth. She reassured him it did.
The styles of both poems portrayed birth. Christopher’s longer poem shared the moment as a long procession of before during and after the birth. My poem portrayed the importance of care and the shortness of life when care is not given.
For more opportunities to read poems about birth, El Buen Amigo hosts a monthly Poetry Evening with Lynn Ciesielski called Circleformance.
In·ter·punct shares interviews, expositions, poems and daily musings from the intimate lives of writers. Like the interpunct, which is a middot used to separate syllables, this blog seeks to highlight, in an edgy and sprightly fashion, the poetic moments that punctuate our lives.