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Her Birth [Kindle Edition]

Rebecca Goss
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It must be at once the most painfully personal and the most restrained and sparsely written poetry collection of the year... It's poetry of witness. The language is simple; the images are simple; the feeling is all. It's feeling no one wants to have, and it is handled with immense grace.
--Katy Evans-Bush, Poetry London

She [writes] with astonishing success, to which the key is a brilliant sparseness consistently adding up to more than the sum of its parts. Her linguistic tact and her judgement never falter...
--Lawrence Sail, Warwick Review

The poems have an almost unbearable beauty...
--Peter Kennedy, poetrywivenhoe

The poems in Her Birth unfold their story of love, loss and grief for a baby daughter with pared-down precision and scorching intensity.
--Helen Dunmore

Something close to a poetic journal, the poems are by turns meditative and bewildered, uttered in the quietest of delicately weighted language, as if the failing child and the experience alike could not bear too much pressure or noise. What transformations there are, are tentative and quietly sustained. --Jane Draycott, Canto magazine

Her Birth is Rebecca Goss's second collection, a moving account of the loss of her baby daughter Ella who lived for just sixteen months. Something close to a poetic journal, the poems are by turns meditative and bewildered, uttered in the quietest of delicately weighted language, as if the failing child and the experience alike could not bear too much pressure or noise. What transformations there are, are tentative and quietly sustained. --Jane Draycott, Canto magazine

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2013 FORWARD PRIZE FOR BEST COLLECTION
 
In 2007 Rebecca Goss’s newborn daughter Ella was diagnosed with Severe Ebstein’s Anomaly, a rare and incurable heart condition. She lived for sixteen months. Her Birth is a book-length sequence of poems beginning with Ella’s birth, her short life and her death, and ending with the joys and complexities that come with the birth of another child. Goss navigates the difficult territory of grief and loss in poems that are spare, tender and haunting: ‘Going home, back down / the river road, will be a foreign route without her’.

'The poems in Her Birth unfold their story of love, loss and grief for a baby daughter with pared-down precision and scorching intensity.' 
Helen Dunmore

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 191 KB
  • Print Length: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Northern House (28 Jun 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DN5CE1W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #170,233 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beatiful and heart rending 16 Sep 2013
By Peter S
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Wonderful poetry written around the tragic life and death of her own daughter. She writes with such beauty and tender feeling but in a modern and deeply touching way, I hope this book receives many awards.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 8 July 2014
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Heartfelt, evocative, each word lovingly chosen and exquisitely placed. A stunning collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful way with words 14 Jun 2014
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Read it like a novel- heartbreaking but wonderful poetry. You can see Rebecca on YouTube reading some of her poetry and talking about her work. She is very watchable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Death, Life and Poetry 7 Jun 2014
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When my Mum died in September I felt an intense urgency to work on a poem that I had written the month before. I had to do it, but I was rather concerned about my behaviour, and thought maybe I was avoiding thinking about ‘things’ … but when, and only when I had finished the poem did my sister and I realise that it was what I should read at Mum’s funeral. And so I now feel it was my way of honouring Mum.
Separately, my father died in April. As soon as I knew that he had finally slipped away I went to the computer and read his words that I had filed under “lovely emails”, looked out the birthday poems he’d written for me, the operatic limericks and read from his book Tirade. I spent the afternoon laughing and with him. It was easier, the second time, to give into the voice inside telling me you need to do this, now.
I don’t know how people cope with their own losses, if they are not writers, artists, musicians. I guess they too fall back onto what matters most to them – a long solitary run, making that person’s favourite meal, renaming one of their model trains?
But I do understand why both Christopher Reid, and Rebecca Goss were driven to write..

Christopher Reid’s “A Scattering” was published in 2009 by Arete Books, and has four poetic sequences – the first written during his wife’s final illness in 2004, and the other three at intervals after her death. It was Costa Book Awards’ Book of the Year.. oh and so deserved. It is joyful and heart breaking. It is intensely personal and within its raw truth it is universal.
It is beautifully beautifully written and goes to the places that seem to be taboo to talk about and so are even more important … to know that you are not weird having these thoughts and experiences.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Moving poems 7 May 2014
By rowana
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I would strongly recommend this collection to those who want to gain empathy with mothers who have experienced the searing grief of watching their baby slip away from life. The poems are without self pity or sentimentality but with a painful truth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb collection 26 April 2014
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Some of the most moving writing I've read in a long, long time. The writing is unsentimental, a close, powerful sketch of loss. I can't recommend it enough.
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