Michael Trout, has created a compilation of 18 poems as if written by prenates, babies and young children, describing their experiences with life: from living with an alcoholic mother, to circumcision; from losing a twin in utero to the joys of individuation. Eight of the poems are recorded on an included CD, using voices of very young children.
Magnificent illustrations (by North Carolina artist Jean Rettun) grace each page, making Baby Verses an exquisite way to raise the consciousness of parents and clinicians alike to the perspective of the young child.
Featured on "Keepin' the Faith," WILL AM 580, Illinois Public Media radio. Listen to the interview with Michael Trout.
What advance reviewers have said:
"This is intensely compelling poetry that will stimulate your mind and touch your heart. A 'must read' for every man and woman who contemplates having a child"
--Thomas R. Verny, MD, DPsych, author of The Secret Life of the Unborn Child; Founding President, The Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health.
"Baby Verses: The Narrative Poetry of Infant and Toddlers invites the reader to listen, to think deeply and to respond with new awareness of the infant without and the infant within. How utterly remarkable…"
--Deborah J. Weatherston, PhD, co-editor, Case Studies in Infant Mental Health; Zero to Three Fellow; Executive Director, Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health.
Available as a book with accompanying CD, or as a digital download.