Happiness Threads: The Unborn Poems, Melanie Dennis Unrau’s debut collection is an elegantly spare, thoughtful, and fiercely tenacious meditation on the trials and tribulations of modern motherhood. Written in response to the platitude “Your children are your poetry now,” Happiness Threads explores the struggle of a young mother to balance the demands of raising young children with her desire to make art. Unrau wastes neither words nor sentiment; often brief and wonderfully compact, these poems shy away from nothing — delving into every challenge from the onslaught of dirty diapers and spit-up to the despair and aftermath of a stillbirth.
About the Author
Melanie Dennis Unrau teaches English at the University of Winnipeg. She has a PhD in English from the University of Manitoba; her dissertation explored poetry written by oil workers in Canada. Her poetry collection Happiness Threads: The Unborn Poems was nominated for two Manitoba Book Awards. Melanie is the poetry editor of Geez magazine and a co-editor of The Goose: A Journal of Arts, Environment, and Culture in Canada.