First Baby Poems
60 pages • ISBN: 978-19342899-1-4 • $18 • Poetry
Rocky Ledge Cottage Editions, 1982.
Expanded edition: Hyacinth Girls, 1983.
Third edition: BlazeVOX [books], 2009.
“Anne Waldman glows even in the throes of morning sickness at the Buddhist chateau. The mind empties as the belly expands, but the mind doesn’t clear without a detailed expression of what it is letting go of, and the body doesn’t fill without a rich chronicle of sensation. She takes us all the way to term and then, the baby gets the pantoums. What a retreat she takes us on. What a euphonic spell of sleep-deprived wonder she casts”
“With her warm subtle fleshy FIRST BABY POEMS Waldman creates an infant power that did not exist before in her words. These poems are complex joyful bioalchemy”