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November 11, 2010


I love that Kinnell poem, so much.

My son is 11 months old and I've been writing a poem a week almost since he was born. (I think I've written 49 poems over the 11 months and a bit since his birth day.) I've been posting them at Velveteen Rabbi, under the tag "mother poems." The first six weeks' worth are pretty bleak; the most recent ones may veer more toward sentimentality than I'm strictly thrilled with. (Revision will help.) But on the whole, I've found the exercise to be a really good one for me -- it's kept me writing, kept me connected with poetry, and helped me crystallize my experience of parenthood. I'd like to think that at least some of the 50ish poems I've written since I first birthed my son are really good ones, worth sharing widely. *shrug* We'll see; I figure, once the first year is up, I'll collect the poems and spend some time reading and revising them and we'll see what arises...

Wow, that's impressive, Rachel.

I'd kind of thought Self Portrait at 30 had something to say about fatherhood.

I like all of those, and also like "Changing Diapers" by Gary Snyder.

See the anthology Swings and Roundabouts, Random House, for several poems about parenthood, fatherhood, sons...

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I left it
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left the house
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of coming back
ten hours later
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of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
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