50/50 by Julianne Palumbo
Fifty often hits hard after we’ve raced through career building and raising children, and Palumbo finds herself suddenly quick-sanded. Years ago she retired from her law partnership with the goal of pursuing her writing and being home more for her children. But now her children are off to college or married. Suddenly with time on her hands, she is both looking back with longing on motherhood and searching for somewhere to put her energies that will matter as much as those elusive parenting years.
50/50 is a collection of poems that examine life with perspective in both directions—missing the tremendous joys of motherhood past and searching forward for new purpose. The poems in 50/50 are about being stuck in the middle. Young enough that her twenty-year-old daughter still borrows her clothes, yet old enough that she can admit to wearing bell bottom jeans and the big hair of the eighties, the poet grapples with the stuff of aging.
Publication Date: August 28, 2018