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Lauren Wayne

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Book Description

Feb. 24 2011
"I sling my baby like a bindle on my back, / tramping along the tracks / countless feet have worn before." A collection of poems by Lauren Wayne, inspired by parenting her hobo baby, Mikko. Lauren blogs at HoboMama.com about natural and attachment parenting.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 106 pages
  • Publisher: Createspace (Feb. 24 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453670645
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453670644
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 17.5 x 25 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 259 g

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A celebration of the full spectrum of motherhood April 10 2012
By Charise - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Although I took several poetry classes in college and graduate school, it was trying to write my own poetry about the subject that has transformed my life more than any other experience - parenting - that most makes me appreciate Lauren's work in this book. Trying to find the right words to illuminate the beauty, pain, transformation, miracle, and power of the parenting journey is a daunting and humbling task, and I am so impressed with Lauren's very apparent soul searching, raw honesty, and sheer talent.

Lauren's poems cover the full gamut of the early parenting journey from

miscarriage (Why were we led all that way, and never to see your face?)
to
conception (Charting, temping, noting fluids and marking good days on each month's calendar.)
to
pregnancy (Kicking me under my heart for all those months. Just under my heart.)
to
the first taste of mother's intuition (People told me when you were due, as if you were a term paper and to turn in late would earn a failing grade. We ignored them, didn't we?)
to
birth (Light sped into your eyes, and electricity arced in connection between us, as I defied gravity and orbited you.)
to
the mourning of the life you left behind (I have wanted people to know there is more than joy in being a mother, that there is frustration and regret, strain on a marriage, lack of sleep, lack of time, lack of peace.)

Lauren also writes about postpartum depression, breastfeeding, pumping, babywearing, her love for her husband, and the magic of the smallest moments of parenting that seem to make the most lasting impressions upon us.

Some of Lauren's words will haunt you as you recognize the thoughts you may have been afraid to speak out loud, and some will remind you of the incredible universality of the mothering experience. No matter which end of the spectrum her poems touch, and regardless of what you have experienced yourself, I have no doubt that Poetry of a Hobo Mama: The First Three Years will provide you with a real and refreshing take on motherhood. I look forward to revisiting these poems and to seeing how Lauren captures the continuation of her parenting journey.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poetry That Touches The Soul! April 9 2012
By Up, Down And Natural - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
For me, the beauty of poetry is for an author to be able to take a basic human emotion that countless people before have felt, and give that emotion life. It is an interesting experience to be reading truly beautiful poetry and have it feel as if the author was with you during a specific moment in life, and writes for you, as if they have had a glimpse in to your heart, in to your soul, and in to the quiet feelings and thoughts that lurk only in your own heart and mind. To see your exact thoughts and feelings poured out on to a paper, and given new beauty, meaning and character is truly a beautiful gift. Lauren Of Hobo Mama has given me such a gift through her incredibly powerful, moving and poignant writing. As I read 'miscarriage post' I truly felt as if Lauren had been there with me through the raw emotions that I felt, and had been the voice to release in to the world the thousands of feelings and emotions that coursed through my body during that the in my life. Lauren's writing is dynamic, and encapsulating of the human experience and specifically motherhood. Through her writing in this book, she gives voice and understanding to mothers around the globe, and truly empowers the mother experience as she lends new beauty and light to this role. I most certainly will be including this book in future Baby Shower gift baskets, and very much look forward to more writing by the wonderful, and always inspiring Lauren Wayne.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Universal mothering themes April 6 2011
By Lucy H. Pearce - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Poetry of a Hobo Mama: The First Three Years

Divided into sections: Prepare, Emerge, Hope, Trust, Enjoy, this collection of poems follows the personal journey of one mother, through her first three years of motherhood. Poignant and real, told with honesty and a wonderfully wry sense of humour she shares: the rawness and longing of miscarriage; the practicality of planned conception; the desolation of death; a celebration of pregnant voluptuousness; the claustrophobia of new motherhood. As well as natural parenting topics which may never have been poemified in the whole of human history: elimination communication, sling-wearing and co-sleeping!

Lauren identifies the oceanic feelings of mothering, the strange paradox of total togetherness and yet total separateness of mother and foetus that only a woman who has carried a baby in her belly can begin to understand. The poems provoke a stab in the heart and gut of visceral recognition.

Some of the shortest poems are the most touching, and will stay with me a long time. The images and words from others now frame my own experiences. She has a compelling poetic voice. Mothers, all mothers will recognise their lives, their hopes, fears, longing, frustrations and deepest love writ large in these poems.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, Honest & Passionate April 27 2012
By Ariadne Brill - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Lauren is inspiring, a passionate mother, and her honesty and reflection on
motherhood from poem to poem shows a journey of transformation, inner
strenght, doubt and frustration, empowerment and self-reflection that
every mother can relate to.

In her book Lauren explores everyday parenting milestones, trials and
tribulations. From conception, pregnancy, miscarriage, birth,
breastfeeding, co-sleeping, baby wearing and more, motherhood is explored
with passionate, witty, raw, and intense words that melt beautifully
together into poetry.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars motherhood as art April 15 2012
By Mandy @ Living Peacefully with Children - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Motherhood is instinctual and biological, our inner drive telling us what we need and what we should know and believe from our very core, at odds with what society dictates. Lauren Wayne's Poetry of a Hobo Mama is motherhood as art, speaking to our very souls, asking us to cry from sadness and happiness, reminding us that there is no other greater purpose while at the same time allowing us our own small place in something much bigger. It is raw and honest, exposing our fears and hopes, calling us to grow rather than callous and stunt ourselves, just as we nurture that in our children. It is for the mother to be, the mother that was, and the mother whose child is any age.

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