Pantomime Horse, Russian Doll, Egg by Sally Jenkinson
A poem cycle about giving birth. A creative response to the seemingly improbable and yet utterly commonplace act of somehow producing a human from your body. A rollercoaster ride of viscera and vulnerability, exploring the agony and the ecstasy of an everyday accouchement.
‘It is a hard thing to write a blurb for a piece of work which holds your face and heart so steady, daring you to also see into and through the abyss that is birth. These poems are an immediate weaving of worlds – past and present, home and hospital, power and surrender – all intimate and all universal.’
Sally Jenkinson was born in Doncaster, South Yorkshire. She has been writing and performing poetry across the UK for more than a decade, and has also written and performed internationally in Sweden, Iceland and Australia.
Her work has recently been featured in The Morning Star, Lighthouse Journal, Emerge Lit Journal, The #MeToo Anthology from Fairacre Press, and on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Power Lines’.
She is a care worker and community arts producer, and is currently working towards her MA in Creative Writing from the University of Gloucestershire. She has lived in Sheffield, Bristol, and Brighton, and now lives in the Forest of Dean with her cats, husband, and various fierce and magical children.