Adrienne Gruber on how Elizabeth Ross's collection After Birth offers 'everything I ever want in poetry'
April is National Poetry Month! To celebrate, we connected with Canadian poets and asked them what Canadian poetry book has been meaningful to them.
Adrienne Gruber is the Vancouver-based author of the full-length poetry books Buoyancy Control, This is the Nightmare and Q&A, a collection that explores trauma and recovery during a first pregnancy, birth of a daughter and early postpartum period.
Q&A, Gruber's third book of poetry, reveals how the experience of bringing life into the world has both its transformative and grotesque moments.
"This book is everything I ever want in poetry. It has birth and death, life and loss, grief and longing. It has blood and birthday cake, processed breakfast sandwiches and breast milk. The poems in After Birth are every small detail that makes up a perfectly ordinary life, but that life, viewed through Ross's tightly crafted lens, is wildly and beautifully and painfully chaotic.
This book is everything I ever want in poetry.
"She writes matter-of-factly, 'Drowning/I learned years later,/was supposed to be/thrashing.' These poems continued to thrash inside me for days after reading this book."