Other Customs and Practices
In poems that are precise and keenly observed, Leah Falk's Other Customs and Practices helps us see afresh the strangeness of pregnancy and early motherhood. These poems carry both the intimacy of sharing a body during pregnancy (when you're growing, one poem reminds us, not just another heart but also "a second brain inside") and the shock, after birth, of discovering you've made a person who's now separate from you. They consider both "our unknown ancestors' / long shadows," made visible in genes, in folk customs, and in prayer, and the bodily immediacy of a life with a small child.
-Nancy Reddy, author of Pocket Universe