Nobody Told Me: Poetry and Parenthood

Nobody Told Me Poetry and Parenthood A memoir of parenthood by poet Hollie McNish There were many things that Hollie McNish didn t know before she was pregnant How her family and friends would react that Mr Whippy would be off the menu h

  • Title: Nobody Told Me: Poetry and Parenthood
  • Author: Hollie McNish
  • ISBN: 9780349134352
  • Page: 417
  • Format: Paperback
  • A memoir of parenthood by poet Hollie McNish.There were many things that Hollie McNish didn t know before she was pregnant How her family and friends would react that Mr Whippy would be off the menu how quickly ice can melt on a stomach These were on top of the many other things she didn t know about babies how to stand while holding one how to do a poetry gig with yA memoir of parenthood by poet Hollie McNish.There were many things that Hollie McNish didn t know before she was pregnant How her family and friends would react that Mr Whippy would be off the menu how quickly ice can melt on a stomach These were on top of the many other things she didn t know about babies how to stand while holding one how to do a poetry gig with your baby as a member of the audience how drum n bass can make a great lullaby And that s before you even start on toddlers how to answer a question like is the world a jigsaw dealing with a ten hour train ride together and how children can be caregivers too.But Hollie learned.And she s still learning, slowly Nobody Told Me is a collection of poems and stories taken from Hollie s diaries, one person s thoughts on raising a child in modern Britain, of trying to become a parent in modern Britain, of sex, commercialism, feeding, gender and of finding secret places to scream once in a while.

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    1. I was really nervous going into to read this.Nobody Told Me: Poetry & Parenthood, is a chronicle of three years and nine months of poet Hollie McNish life.From finding out she was pregnant in Kings Cross Station on the way to Glastonbury. “Three hours staring at three test”To her daughter first day of pre-school, and everything in between.I’m not a mum, nor do I have the drive to be. But this book spoke to me in so many ways. I have learnt so much while being thoroughly and enjoyably e [...]

    2. Thanks Hollie for reminding me how hard it is looking after a baby and young child. You write so eloquently and from the heart, it really brought back to me the ups and downs of parenthood. As a mother whose children are all now adults I had forgotten such a lot of the difficulties; now having been reminded I feel better prepared to help and support my daughter as she becomes a parent. I would recommend this book to anyone as it is a lovely read with raw emotion and some beautiful poems. However [...]

    3. I am a huge Hollie McNish fan. From the first time I saw her perform live, which was nearly two years ago now, I felt a strong connection to her words and her beliefs; just to her - as a poet, as a person.I have read this book slowly; savouring every morsel. Soaking it in. I know that it will be a book that I gift to many people; new mothers, parents of toddlers, women I love.I hear Hollie's voice as I read her words. She is that voice of realism that lets us know that we are not alone. That oth [...]

    4. Everybody should read this, from teenage boys to grandmas. Nobody Told Me is a testament to the experience of motherhood, from the small and seemingly-mundane details that surprised Hollie to the pointed articulation of how motherhood and existence in a world not designed for you is fundamentally political. Her introspection, as well as her observations about her family and the people she interacted with, cut away the veneer of lovey-dovey-ness that surrounds motherhood in particular, and become [...]

    5. It's impossible to convey how much I love this book! Every new parent should read this book. Hollie is able to put into words every emotion I have felt since my daughter was born 15 months ago but which I am not eloquent enough to express myself. I wonder if my brain chemistry has fundamentally changed since becoming a mum because I would never have dreamed of reading a book combining memoir and poetry before she was born but this was now the perfect book for me and I can't remember enjoying a b [...]

    6. I am a little bit in love with Hollie McNish and her words. She has such an ability to sum things up and express ideas, emotions and incidents so succinctly that it leaves me speechless for a few minutes sometimes. Because I'm left thinking - 'Yes! That's exactly what I think/thought/feel/felt/was going to say'This book is perfect for anyone embarking on pregnancy or motherhood or reflecting back on the first few years particularly.

    7. Everyone should read this. Parents, people who want to be parents, and people who don't want to be parents. Those who are and do will feel some solidarity and understanding, those who don't will have their ignorance smashed to smithereens. After reading this book you'll never think 'why would you bring a child on a train at peak hour?' ever again. Hollie's voice is mesmerising, raw, vulnerable, honest, and full of joy. I applaud her and her bravery.

    8. Having heard Hollie perform live as I started to read the book, I could hear her voice in the poems - which are fantastic! Gives a wonderfully fresh and unflinching perspective on pregnancy and motherhood, you go through the highs and lows with her. I recommend that you look up her performances of her poetry on You Tube. Powerful stuff.

    9. It is wonderful that such a brilliant mum, such a decent human being with insight and honesty has such a talent with words. Poems that stay with you long after the book is finished. A book to revisit time and time again.

    10. I had a hunch this book would be a cracker and so it was. Everybody and her dog seems, it sometimes feels, has written a book about what becoming and being a mother (or parent) is really like, and someone being a professional writer doesn't always, or even often, shape the language into something I find less obnoxious and worrying for the future. But the blend here of prose and poetry shows what prose can do, what poetry can do (and different sorts of poetry, some that need to be performed some [...]

    11. Loved the honesty of this book. I was impressed at how dedicated she must have been to write through the harrowing stages of pregnancy and early parenting (when sleep deprivation makes it so hard) and it's so great to have this kind of account and in-the-moment reflection on some of the issues that arise, many of which I could totally relate to. It left me regretting not doing more writing in the early years of having my kids, but oh well my circumstances are different and we do what we can. Som [...]

    12. I loved this book. It is a book of real opposites: it made me laugh and cry, it filled me with joy and with anger, it is deeply personal and also political. Hollie takes us through from discovering that she's pregnant on route to a poetry performance at Glastonbury festival right through to when her daughter is three years old. I love the form too, it is written as diary entries which somehow develop into poems. McNish warns us that these poems are raw and unworked and they are, some of them are [...]

    13. I'm glad I didn't read this book while pregnant because the first 100 pages would have terrified me! Hollie McNish gives a very honest account of pregnancy and early motherhood, which, when sprinkled with fantastic poems, really tugs on your heartstrings. For prospective or current mothers, I am sure it is utter perfection, but as a non-broody 23-year-old right now, perhaps I am not the best target audience. Nevertheless, I can see how her honesty is inspirational and offers great comfort to wom [...]

    14. This book is a diary of pregnancy and the first three years of Hollie's daughter's life, interspersed with poems on the topic of parenthood inspired at this time. I love the honestly with which Hollie writes and she puts down so many of the thoughts I had at this time, but articulates them so much better than I could. As well as dealing with the day to day challenges of parenting, Hollie also examines bigger issues such as gender and why we force gender roles on children at such a young age. I l [...]

    15. This is the loveliest piece on motherhood I've ever read. I expect this to be the loveliest piece on motherhood I ever WILL read, at that. Bar, set. I listened to this over the course of two days in my car, and I have never laughed or cried so much all alone, not even when I had an infant I couldn't fucking breastfeed very well, so basically, I CRIED A LOT LISTENING TO THIS OKAY. In a good way. In a cleansing way, I mean damn.My heart basically got shredded and sewn back together with this subli [...]

    16. This is absolutely wonderful. It made me cry 10 pages in. It's honest, entertaining, deeply moving and thoughtful. It covers the inconveniences and frustrations of parenthood, but also expresses its deep, intangible joys. The author also covers politics and social justice in relation to being a mother, which I really appreciated. Her world certainly hasn't shrunk as a mother; it's expanded. I very much hope for the same.

    17. So beautiful, touching and full of raw truth. I'll remember Hollie's story for a very, very long time, and I imagine this book will get a lot of re-reads when my time for parenthood comes. Wholly recommended.

    18. I first discovered McNish through her YouTube videos, and was unsure about how her poetry would translate to the page. Turns out she's just as great to read as she is to watch/listen to. Read for an unfiltered account of pregnancy and parenthood, and for the British perspective.

    19. Loved it!This was a great read - somehow she managed to encapsulate some of the rawest, most vivid and vibrant memories and feelings about being a mum to a baby and or toddler, some interesting political thoughts as well, I agreed with most but not all

    20. Devoured it! Essential reading for any mum or mum to be - Hollie has a unique ability to record the tiniest of details that make up everything that is amazing and awful about parenthood.

    21. If you are a parent or know someone about to have a baby, give them this, they will thank you for it.T.H.E B.E.S.T (book, friend, support during those 3am feeds you could wish for)Thanks Hollie

    22. Hollie McNish is one of a group of young poets bringing new life to English, or maybe British, poetry – not that it is a dull scene, but it is fairly closed or at least exclusive: poetry as that kind of reputation. Along with other writer-performers also working in spoken word, such as Kate Tempest, McNish has helped popularise verse and open it up to new audiences giving it a profile I’m not sure poetry has had since the high times of John Cooper Clark and Attila the Stockbroker (both still [...]

    23. My review of this can be found on my writing blog, with pictures of meeting the poet too! :)esabrownblog.wordpress/20

    24. The following is my excited facebook post from 19/2/16 - the day I started reading: "OMG this book is awesome I'm only about 1/4 of the way through but EVERYONE should read it parents, people aiming to be parents, people who aren't and don't want to be parents maybe just not people in the 40ish weeks jurney to becoming parents because it's kinda real and you know hormones and understandable nerves might not need it until afterwards when you can reflect rather than imagine and you've actually fel [...]

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