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My Baby First Birthday

Audiobook
Nonfiction: Poetry
Unabridged   3 hour(s)
Publication date: 01/25/2022

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My Baby First Birthday

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Digital Download ISBN:9781684576562

Summary

Radiant and tender, My Baby First Birthday is a collection that examines innocence, asking us who gets to be loved and who has to deplete themselves just to survive.

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Radiant and tender, My Baby First Birthday is a collection that examines innocence, asking us who gets to be loved and who has to deplete themselves just to survive. It's about existence and nonexistence, about being born—without consent. Jenny Zhang writes about accepting pain, about the way we fetishize womanhood and motherhood, and reduce women to their violations, traumas, and body parts. She questions the way we feminize and racialize nurturing, and live in service of other people's dreams. Her poems explore the obscenity of patriarchy, whiteness, and capitalism, the violence of rescue and heroism.

The magic trick in this book is that despite all these themes, the book never feels like some jeremiad. Zhang uses friendship as a lyric. She seeks tenderness, radiant beauty, and having love for your mistakes. Through all this, she writes about being alone—really alone, like why-was-I-ever-born alone—and trying, despite everything, to reach out and touch something—skin to skin, animal to animal.

Reviews/Praise

"This is an arresting collection you'll want to read again and again." ― Bustle

"When diving into a novel or non-fic feels like a mammoth task in an uncertain world, poetry may be the salve you need – and specifically, it’s Jenny Zhang’s new book of poetry that you definitely want to get at. ... My Baby First Birthday will leave you breathless." ― Dazed

"Daring. . . . In this stirring book, Zhang offers a bounty of memorable lines that celebrate and question the difficulties of womanhood and survival." ― Publishers Weekly

Author Bio

Jenny Zhang, a writer and poet based in New York City, is the author of the poetry collection Dear Jenny, We Are All Find and the story collection Sour Heart. She is the recipient of the Pen/Bingham Award for Debut Fiction and the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction.