A Moon in Gemini
by Rachel Boury Baxter
Publication Date: 6 June 2023
Nightingale & Sparrow Press
A Moon in Gemini explores the loss of identity that a mother feels, particularly in the early years, as well as the subsequent piecing together of a new one. By musing on impactful life events such as the loss of loved ones, experiencing limerence, watching children grow, and indulging in nostalgia, A Moon in Gemini paints the mundane with a gentle, lyrical brush.
With short, punchy pieces centered on motherhood, marriage, memory, grief, and growing up, A Moon in Gemini puts big emotions into small poems. The speaker expresses her strong desire to express her authentic identity while climbing through the tangled weeds of our modern culture. Brief but purposeful, these poems attempt to tackle the conicting feelings that stem from society’s pressure on mothers and expectations on women in general.
About the Author
Rachel Boury Baxter is a poet, writer, and mom living in South Bend, Indiana. She has a B.A. in English writing and English literature from Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana. In 2016, she founded the publication, Poetry in Form, a celebration of poetic form. In 2020, she released her first chapbook of poetry entitled Mother Scorpion. Rachel spreads her love for literature and writing by working as a high school English teacher and by reading to her children.