In Mental Health Awareness Month, the AVBOB Poetry Project features award-winning writer and journalist, Megan Ross. Her debut poetry collection, Milk Fever (uHlanga Press, 2018), is a profound and magnificent exploration of childbirth and its aftermath which, for many women, heralds postpartum depression.
Milk Fever – so aptly named – is a powerful collection that explores the vulnerabilities of the human psyche with a finely wrought sensibility born of first-hand experience. These are disruptive poems that voice uneasy truths about unexpected motherhood. Ross' reconfiguring of herself after giving birth is alive in her poems, which evoke the state of discomfort, disbelief and disorientation known to many mothers in those first raw days and exhausted weeks, facing a howling, hungry infant.
Ross remembers a particular moment, three days after leaving the hospital with her newborn.