An Ear on my Heart - this is on Radio nationals' Poetica program tomorrow, Saturday 3pm, repeated Thursday 3pm (4pm WA)
Poems of motherhood by Kathryn Lomer and Esther Ottaway.
"An ear on my heart" features poetry on the intimacies of pregnancy and parenthood by tasmanian poets Kathryn Lomer and Esther Ottaway and original music inspired by their poems by composer/producer Oonagh Sherrard.
The poetry of Lomer and Ottaway presents a range of perspectives on pregnancy
and parenthood that depart from the stereotype of blissful calm. This is not the poetry of bunny rugs and peaceful self-absorption. The work of both poets honestly maps the physical and emotional transitions of having a child, raising issues such as fear, marginalisation, change of identity and social place, as well as embracing the fragility and wonder that the experiences of pregnancy and parenthood inspire.
The program also looks at the relationship between being an artist and a mother and how having a child effects, influences and inspires the poets in their life and work
If I don't get to hear it tomorrow, I'll listen online later and get back to here with some feedback. Should be interesting.