Learning to ride, falling down, getting back on
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Cedar Koons is a poet living in Carrboro, North Carolina. Her poems in this issue are from an unpublished collection titled Major Arcana.
You want to give birth to your child naturally. You want childbirth to be a positive experience. You have read about, talked about and surely thought about the labor and birth that lie ahead. Maybe you have taken childbirth classes to prepare yourself.
Photographs of birth capture what an intense physical event it is: lots of grimacing, blood, nakedness and sweat. A film can transmit much of the emotion of the experience: pants, groans and cries, the anxiety and the joy.