Mother Water centers on maternal inheritance in literal and figurative forms. Through its water motif, the book traces the speaker's transformations as she absorbs, and often resists, lessons from the women who guide her. The poems explore the speaker's sense of self through feminine genealogy and her mother's voice, the mother figure becoming simultaneously nurturing and threatening, teaching her daughter to survive in a perilous world. Coming-of-age poems are here, too, and poems exploring gender mystique, balance, relationship, and understanding. The book's last section considers how we are altered by loss and how that alteration challenges our notions of both individual subjectivity and bodily autonomy.
About the Author
Emily Banks was born in Brooklyn, New York, and lives in Atlanta, Georgia. She teaches poetry and creative writing at Emory University. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals including Superstition Review, Blood Orange Review, Cimarron Review, storySouth, Free State Review, Pembroke Magazine, and Yemassee. Mother Water is her first volume of poems.