Pantomime Horse, Russian Doll, Egg
A poem cycle about giving birth. A creative response to the seemingly improbable and yet utterly commonplace act of somehow producing a human from your body. A rollercoaster ride of viscera and vulnerability, exploring the agony and the ecstasy of an everyday accouchement.
This chapbook will be published on 14th September 2022. You can pre-order it now through my online shop.
‘It is a hard thing to write a blurb for a piece of work which holds your face and heart so steady, daring you to also see into and through the abyss that is birth. These poems are an immediate weaving of worlds – past and present, home and hospital, power and surrender — all intimate and all universal.’ Deanna Rodger
‘It is said that love and death are the two great subjects for poetry; I have never understood why birth, as the other defining human event, is not included. Here, Sally Jenkinson turns an unflinching eye onto birth in poems which are rich in language and beautifully crafted.’ – Dr Angela France