Rachel Gippetti’s compelling debut collection confronts the many facets of birthright. These are poems about the universal act of reconciling ourselves to the cards we are dealt. With a wry smile, Gippetti travels from the marital bed to the hospital bed, navigating the implications of genetic inheritance and distance from cultural origins. The notion of family is at the heart of it all: a gathering of those loved and those lost, cradling the reality that to give birth is not an inalienable right.
Rachel Gipetti’s work has appeared in publications in the UK and USA including Shearsman Magazine, The Stinging Fly,Thief and the Apple Valley Review. She is also the author of several children’s books. Born in Boston, Rachel now lives in the South West of the UK with her husband. She works at Plymouth College of Art, runs the Plymouth-based literary night Lit and is a member of the band Booby Trap.