Gillian Ferguson's wonderful little book of Poems on Pregnancy, Birth and Babies
was written to explain the experiences of forming, forging and freeing a new life into its own life. On scouring the bookshops Ferguson says that she couldn't find any poetry (except some scattered verses by Sylvia Plath) that helped her explain to herself all the astounding, frightening and invigorating emotions she was suddenly feeling--so she set out on the path to write her own book. With titles such as "Egg and Sperm Meet", "Scan", "What Does It Feel Like?" and "My Stomach After", the danger was that the transmutation of Ferguson's prosaic experiences into the written word would merely produce artless doggerel. The strength of Ferguson's work is, however, that the wonder and uniqueness of her own sensations is communicated with a candour and quiet fluency that draws the reader through the whole experience of producing a new person, and bringing it into this world, that is genuinely moving. "It feels something like ... / Like being the sun for / Earth. Light for leaves. As Immense." It feels like... a very good book of poetry indeed. Mark Thwaite
In this highly original mediation on existence, "the comic voice of the unnamed narrator recalls Holden Caulfield. A charming debut novel"