About the Poems
by Robyn Art
These poems were conceived and born during one crazy year-and-a-half in which I fell in love, got engaged, planned a wedding, got married, created a new blended family, got pregnant, moved to the suburbs, gave birth to my second daughter, and generally attempted to hold it all together, with varying levels of sucess. During this time we were also beset by unemployment, neighbors from hell, financial woes, custody issues, and other problems large and small which made us feel as if we were part of a Truman Show-esque experiment in reality television, which we ruefully dubbed "Pregnant Newlyweds: From Diamonds to Diapers." The fragmentary nature of the poems is pretty indicative of my general sense of overwhelmedness and burning desire for harmony when no such harmony seemed possible; certain poems, like "Last Words of the Born-Again Virgin" "Year One" and "Idolatries," I think, document my unlikely transformation from circumstantial cynic to renewed believer in the fairy-tale ending......a fairy tale plagued by obstacles, but a fairy tale nonetheless.