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    [post_title] => Home birthing to Snoop Dogg        ⇄ ⇅
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Heidi: "We all have soundtracks to special moments, and there were several entries on this theme. ‘Home birthing to Snoop Dogg’ stood out as a lot of fun to read, with technical panache, and believability in describing childbirth. The dynamic of the cleave poem is skilfully managed – the poem reads smoothly in three different ways (down the left column, down the right column, and across as a usual poem). As well as the wit, there is tension (‘threatening. Warnings of sirens’) that gives urgency to the situation. A combination of emotions, successfully handled, is hard to do and works effectively here. I also enjoyed the reveal at the end that the well-meaning partner chose the track and the narrator doesn’t even like it. The poem had oomph – it grabbed my attention – and made me go back to reread it several times."

Nicky: "I think it’s easy to carry a narrative of your own making into the day your first child arrives - perhaps it’s a weird blend of all those stories you’re told about what to expect - but I wanted this poem to explore a rift in perspectives so I played with the form. I tried to convey the idea that things don’t always feel on the inside what they look like from the outside, especially alongside adrenaline, drugs and an unlikely soundtrack. I’d probably asked for whale song but we were at the mercy of an iPod Shuffle. My son (now 10) still loves hearing the story of how he was born. At home, to Snoop Dogg."
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            [content] => Nicky has recently completed a Masters in Creative Writing at York St John University and she is a student mentor in creative writing classes for Converge - the university's outreach programme for people recovering from mental health difficulties. She has been twice-shortlisted for the Bridport Prize for Poetry, longlisted for the Gingko Eco Poetry Prize and she won the Festival of Ideas short story competition, in partnership with the University of York. Her work has recently been shortlisted for the Live Canon International Poetry Prize and for the Write Out Loud ‘Beyond the Storm’ poetry competition, judged by Andrew McMillan. Nicky is currently (2020) completing her first collection of poetry and beginning work on a new novella-in-flash which will explore human and environmental symbiosis and patterns of dislocation. She lives in York, has two children and runs a sourdough bakery with her partner.
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Home birthing to Snoop Dogg ⇄ ⇅

Nicky Kippax

This poem can be read L-R  or down left or right columns. Italics from Snoop Dogg: My medicine; Drop it like it’s hot; The one and only; California roll.