by Molly Sutton Kiefer



ISBN 9781938900051
Publication date: February 2014
97 pages, 5.3″ x 7″
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Bologna, Italy: Piazza Maggiore has a fountain dedicated to Neptune and the lactating mermaids. Fontana di Nettuno. The nymphs cup their breasts and pebbles of water curl out in varying directions. The water seems to shatter the air.

I do this in the shower when I am especially engorged, milking myself, pressing my thumb above the nipple to see how high the spray will go. I could make a wonderful water gun. I could write my name in the snow, the names of my children, my children’s children.



Nestuary is a compelling document of the alchemical nature of pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and becoming a mother. In stunning, lyric language, Molly Sutton Kiefer spins the tale of a journey of intervention and invocation: the high technology of fertility treatments and the ancient wisdom of the goddesses at work together. These ‘little needle songs’ of violence, love, illness and power are rich with awareness and full of milk and mermaids, moons and medicines, and ultimately, “magnificent” babies.  And they are sung urgently and out of order, as they should be.

– Arielle Greenberg


Molly Sutton Kiefer is the author of the poetry chapbooks City of Bears (dancing girl press, 2013) and The Recent History of Middle Sand Lake (Astounding Beauty Ruffian Press, 2010).  She is poetry editor for Midway Journal and runs Balancing the Tide: Motherhood and the Arts | An Interview Project.  She lives in Minnesota with her family.



Book design by Diana Arterian and Scott Massey.

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