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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
A mother's love for her child is unlike any other relationship. Birth of a Daughter is a mesmerizing poetry collection celebrating a bond between a mother and her daughter. Using deeply personal verses, Samantha Kolber gives an unabashed narration of motherhood through its various stages and how it changes the course of a person's life alongside that of her child. Whether going through the rigors of pregnancy, including false labor and swelling, or worrying about the safety of your unborn child, these poems and poetic stories showcase motherhood in all its forms. In I Am Marked, Kolber gives an unflinching account of the toll pregnancy takes on a mother's body and, sometimes, even makes her feel betrayed by it. In 7-Minute Fairytale, a poetic story, a mother contemplates the horrors of the world that she must protect her daughter from.
The gravity and weight of Samantha Kolber's verses are bound to strike a chord with mothers everywhere. There is an emotional resonance to Kolber's poetic flair that we can relate to with our personal experiences of motherhood. Birth of a Daughter is a moving collection that captures the anxiety, fears, wonders, and joy of motherhood in vibrant colors. Kolber never shies away from touching upon the challenging aspects of motherhood, which ultimately makes the whole process much more rewarding when a new mother cradles her child for the first time. I found this collection poignant and inspirational, and I highly recommend it to all poetry lovers.