These Mothers of Gods by Rachel Bower will be released on July 16th 2021. Paperbacks will be shipped to arrive on or before this date,
All pre-orders will come with a free ebook, delivered to you via email on publication day and arrive signed for the first 14 orders (as of 6/5/21 currently still available).
This poetry collection seeks to recover the lived experiences of women who have often appeared only fleetingly in official histories, and also pushes towards a more expansive understanding of ‘motherhood’, inclusive of broader urgent issues about gender and our collective responsibilities for lives, environments and natural worlds.
"She has birthed a creature of the deep. Curled grace unfurling, starfish hands circling. The conductor of waves, doctors, tests. She harvests red algae, kneads little loaves of laver bread."
“In Rachel Bower’s powerful new collection, you will find mothers displaced, mothers deceived, mothers labouring to stay sane and alive. But woven amongst any vulnerability is a fierce celebration of the mother-body, opened up to prove the unique and complex
stories each one holds. I am grateful to Bower for finding these women - historical, biblical, autobiographical – and offering me such inventive, arresting poems, brim-full with blistering truths.”
- Rebecca Goss, Poet
About the Author
Rachel Bower is an award-winning writer based in Sheffield. She is the author of Moon Milk (Valley Press) and Epistolarity and World Literature (Palgrave Macmillan). Her poetry has been published widely in journals and magazines, including Magma, The London Magazine, Frontier, New Welsh Review and Stand. Her work has been commissioned by a range of organisations including BBC Radio (National Poetry Day), Collections in Verse (Poet in the City/ The British Library), Barnsley Museums and Apples and Snakes North.
Rachel edited the Verse Matters anthology with Helen Mort (Valley Press) and is currently editing a parenting anthology with Simon Armitage (Faber & Faber). Her short fiction has also been widely published, and she won The London Magazine Short Story Prize 2019-20 and the W&A Short Story Competition 2020. She is currently teaching Creative Writing at the University of Leeds.