Mothers by Freya Gibbon


"Mothers" is the central character of these poems, the focus of the speaker's obsession, a witch, a woman, a lover, a fruit-bearer. The poems are gravid in both senses, potent with meaning and pregnant. "Mothers" seeks through fabulist poetry to construct a personal cultural narrative through metaphor, connection to each other, and to the land.

I fell in love with these poems when Freya was puzzling over whether these strange new beasts would be able to interweave with a nonfiction essay close to her heart.

Because the poems draw heavily on earth imagery, I paired them with letterpress-printed imagery of nebulae, the birthplaces of stars.

2014. Drumleaf binding, 4" x 7"
Letterpress printed on a Vandercook SP15 at the University of Alabama. In an edition of 45, 15 are on handmade abaca-cotton paper ($195), 30 are on Arches text wove ($95).

Available with two months notice.