What We Carry brings together the voices of more than 60 contemporary Australian poets to provide accounts of childbearing that are both lyrical and embodied. Featuring diverse voices and perspectives on experiences of infertility, conception, termination, loss, pregnancy, birth and the early postpartum period, this collection illuminates the endlessly different ways the potential to carry life is experienced. The poems invite you to share incredibly personal stories - some humourous, some sincere, some full of elation and love, others frustration or despair. They provide powerful insights into the potential for childbearing experiences to shape us, change the trajectories of our lives, and teach us about what it means to be human. For after all, all of us were carried, at the beginning.
Featuring Melinda Smith, Eileen Chong, Felicity Plunkett, Jeanine Leane, Miriam Wei Wei Lo, Charmaine Papertalk Green, Michelle Cahill, Eleanor Jackson, Esther Ottaway, Rose Lucas, Natalie Harkin, Quinn Eades, M.T.C Cronin, Mark Tredinnick and many more.