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Poetry of a Hobo Mama: The First Three Years Paperback – February 24, 2011
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About the Author
Lauren Wayne lives and writes in Seattle with her husband, Sam; her five-year-old son, Mikko; and one-year-old baby Alrik. Visit her at www.HoboMama.com, a blog about natural parenting; www.LaurenWayne.com, a behind-the-scenes look at writing and blogging; and www.NaturalParentsNetwork, a site that brings together attachment parents interested in a natural lifestyle.
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I look forward to the next three years of her poetry!
Lauren's poems cover the full gamut of the early parenting journey from
miscarriage (Why were we led all that way, and never to see your face?)
conception (Charting, temping, noting fluids and marking good days on each month's calendar.)
pregnancy (Kicking me under my heart for all those months. Just under my heart.)
the first taste of mother's intuition (People told me when you were due, as if you were a term paper and to turn in late would earn a failing grade. We ignored them, didn't we?)
birth (Light sped into your eyes, and electricity arced in connection between us, as I defied gravity and orbited you.)
the mourning of the life you left behind (I have wanted people to know there is more than joy in being a mother, that there is frustration and regret, strain on a marriage, lack of sleep, lack of time, lack of peace.)
Lauren also writes about postpartum depression, breastfeeding, pumping, babywearing, her love for her husband, and the magic of the smallest moments of parenting that seem to make the most lasting impressions upon us.
Some of Lauren's words will haunt you as you recognize the thoughts you may have been afraid to speak out loud, and some will remind you of the incredible universality of the mothering experience. No matter which end of the spectrum her poems touch, and regardless of what you have experienced yourself, I have no doubt that Poetry of a Hobo Mama: The First Three Years will provide you with a real and refreshing take on motherhood. I look forward to revisiting these poems and to seeing how Lauren captures the continuation of her parenting journey.
Divided into sections: Prepare, Emerge, Hope, Trust, Enjoy, this collection of poems follows the personal journey of one mother, through her first three years of motherhood. Poignant and real, told with honesty and a wonderfully wry sense of humour she shares: the rawness and longing of miscarriage; the practicality of planned conception; the desolation of death; a celebration of pregnant voluptuousness; the claustrophobia of new motherhood. As well as natural parenting topics which may never have been poemified in the whole of human history: elimination communication, sling-wearing and co-sleeping!
Lauren identifies the oceanic feelings of mothering, the strange paradox of total togetherness and yet total separateness of mother and foetus that only a woman who has carried a baby in her belly can begin to understand. The poems provoke a stab in the heart and gut of visceral recognition.
Some of the shortest poems are the most touching, and will stay with me a long time. The images and words from others now frame my own experiences. She has a compelling poetic voice. Mothers, all mothers will recognise their lives, their hopes, fears, longing, frustrations and deepest love writ large in these poems.