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Blessing the Boats - From New Poems (2000), "moonchild" Summary & Analysis

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From New Poems (2000), "moonchild" Summary

This poem uses the moon as a metaphor for the poet as a baby, as a child. The round belly of the mother produces a round-headed child who, from the beginning, is held and cradled (and later troubled) by her father. Although the father makes a joke that the round head of the new baby is a moon, later the poet acknowledges that she is truly the moon, because she has dark places and secrets, although she has as much light as she can hold onto.

Later, as a young girl just ten, she joins other girls wanting round shapes for breasts, putting tissue paper in her shirt to make them. The girls are trying to be grownup and one mentions that a boy is teaching her to French kiss, although at her...

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