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Two of Everything

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An abundant and anticipatory collection of poems exploring the season of waiting that precedes adoption.
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An abundant and anticipatory collection of poems exploring the season of waiting that precedes adoption.

From Guggenheim fellow and celebrated author Sally Keith comes an incantatory collection of poems on the transformative process of nurturing new life and the practical challenges of starting a family.

In Two of Everything, Keith depicts an evocative domestic landscape. An oriole weaves a nest of “straw, wool, horsehair, and feather” while hopeful parents meet with social workers, compile family videos, write, sketch. Intertwined with these scenes is a candid navigation of the US adoption industry and the unique obstacles faced by queer couples. “I want Amor to promise me that everything will be alright,” says the speaker-poet. “But she won’t.” Interviews don’t go as expected, mothers withdraw from adoption conversations, “the bees are dying again.” Torn by feelings of shame for participating in a system that commodifies children, Keith’s speaker-poet finds herself caught between longing and dismay, wondering if and how poetry can carry us through such moments—and through the mysteries of existence.

But despite their difficult subject matter, these resilient poems sing with love. Singularly thoughtful and characterized by Keith’s lush lyricism, this collection demonstrates the tenacity and tenderness needed to build “harbor, shelter, home, house” against all odds.

Keywords
adoption; parenthood; motherhood; queer parenting; LGBTQIA poetry; queer poetry; lyrical poetry; long poems; international adoption; transracial adoption
ISBN
9781639550944
Publish Date
Pages
96
Dimensions
8.5 × 5.5 × 0.25 in
Weight
7 oz
Author

Sally Keith

Sally Keith is the author of Two of Everything, as well as four previous collections of poetry, including River House and The Fact of the Matter.