First Words

First Words

by Emily Vogel


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First Words by Emily Vogel

From summer's blonde height of swarming sunlight, through autumns gentle falling, and into the dark spell of winter of 2012, Emily Vogel both endured and reveled in the pregnancy which brought her first child in early December of that year. The poems in this book trace the trajectory of the pregnant months and into the first year of her daughter, Clare Sophia's life. Some of these speak from underneath the tenuous surfaces of water where post-partum tendencies ensue, and some from the overwhelming joy of having given birth, as in relation to her husband, who gave the seed for the blessing of life, and also in the transformation of the new mother-skin. These poems are about a shifting in perspective and identity, and about growth and renewal, both in the world, and within the self.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781630450168
Publisher: NYQ Books
Publication date: 06/05/2015
Pages: 84
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

Emily Vogel's poetry, reviews, and essays have appeared in numerous journals, most recently in Omniverse, Ragazine, The Paterson Literary Review, Lips, Maggy, Luna Luna, Lyre Lyre, The San Pedro River Review, City Lit Rag, 2 Bridges Review, Contemporary Literary Horizons, and Tiferet, among several others. She is the author of five chapbooks, most recently Digressions on God (Main Street Rag Press, author's choice series, 2012). She is also the author of a full-length collection of poetry, The Philosopher's Wife (Chester River Press, 2011) and a collaborative book, West of Home, with her husband, the poet and essayist Joe Weil (Blast Press, 2013). She has been twice nominated for a pushcart prize, and is the recipient of the Academy of American Poets Prize at Binghamton University, 2008. She is the poetry editor of Ragazine, and teaches writing at SUNY Oneonta and Hartwick College. She lives with her husband, Joe Weil, and their two recent editions: children Clare and Gabriel.

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