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Afterbirth: A Journey Through the Death of My Self By Hilary Krzywkowski
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A young American woman converted to Judaism gives birth to a child in Israel. Confronted by familial prejudice and contempt, denied access to the country’s health-care system, she and her... More > husband transcend the horrors of a questionable midwifery to return to the United States, shaken, haunted, and ultimately enlightened. The record of the experience, beautifully woven with Jewish and Native American myth, filtered through the crucible of poetry and dream sequences, defies categorization and may be unprecedented. Here is a shot, a cannonade, fired in testament to the human spirit, to self-determination and the moment-by-moment creation of a habitable, compassionate universe. Image by compelling image, it builds and expands on an appreciation of the timeless mysteries of Amichai’s ‘The two of us together, and each one alone.’ --Tom Kryss, beat poet< Less