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swaying in the breeze.
the window beyond.
The rails of the cot,
an obstacle to my want.
wriggling through my mind.
Limbs full of energy,
a talent for escape,
Mum and Dad asleep in bed,
surprised, though pleased, to see me.
I am heavy with the hopes
of my younger selves – the ones
who dreamt of all I could be.
They call to me, disappointed,
as my once-bright dress
begins to dull, as I thin
and am worn smooth by little hands
that dismantle me daily.
I answer with excuses and apologies.
Life intrudes, I explain;
takes us apart
and rebuilds us askew.
Teika Marija Smits
The poems of Russian Doll tell a story of metamorphosis and becoming. Charting the ever-shifting terrain of selfhood, they speak of the joys and challenges of being both daughter and mother; schoolgirl and middle-aged woman; and detail the many ways in which the stories of our lives are as multicoloured and multilayered as a Russian doll.
“This moving collection is alive with vivid characters and the longing, living and learning of love, belonging, and sometimes loss – in family, friendship, life. Here, Smits’s Russian doll is mother and child, fake news and Death’s toy, all contained within poems as layered and expansive as a set of matryoshka dolls, slowly revealing their secrets.”
“Russian Doll is a sensory collection: full of light, heat, colour. The poems are layered, fragmented and connected; like the nest of wooden dolls: shining dolls, shamed dolls, sad dolls; big dolls, sick dolls, baby dolls. They chart the complexity of human relations and shine with intelligence and care; craft and curiosity. This is a collection to be savoured, to be shared and to be read again.”
Dr Rachel Bower
Teika Marija Smits is a writer, freelance editor and mother-of-two. Her poems have been widely published.
Teika was formerly the managing editor of Mother’s Milk Books and is now an Editor-at-Large at Valley Press alongside running The Book Stewards – a writers’ support site that she manages with her husband.
In her spare moments she likes to doodle, draw and paint.
More information here: teikamarijasmits.com