Stories to Read Aloud to Your Fetus by Alina Stefanescu

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“As a mother, there are two questions that occurred to me simultaneously upon seeing a fetal ultrasound 1) Who are you? 2) Who am I now? There is no way to ask these questions separately, no way to privilege the potential voice over the one it will replace. The woman versus the mother.​”​


I can say this unequivocally — that Stories to Read Aloud To Your Fetus is one of the best poetry book I have read in the last decade — or more.  Alina Stefanescu is a major talent and a new voice to rank alongside that of Anna Akhmatova, Sylvia Plath, and Anne Sexton.

–Sue Brannan Walker, Poet Laureate of Alabama, 2003 – 2012, Professor Emerita, University of Southern Alabama and Publisher of Negative Capability Press.





Stories to Read Aloud to Your Fetus

by Alina Stefanescu

$19.99, Full-length, paper

Alina Stefanescu was born in Romania and lives in Alabama with her partner and three vociferous mammals. She is the author of three poetry chapbooks, including Objects In Vases (Anchor & Plume, March 2016),  Letters to Arthur (Beard of Bees, August 2016), and Ipokimen (Anchor & Plume, November 2016). Two of her poems have been nominated for the 2017 Pushcart Prize. Her first fiction collection, Every Mask I Tried On, won the Brighthorse Prize this year. She remains unbelievably grateful. More online at

1 review for Stories to Read Aloud to Your Fetus by Alina Stefanescu

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Alina Stefanescu’s hybrid poems shed light on the mysterious contours of the female body and psyche. These works bear witness to the plight of women in their relationships with the world—their children, mothers, the men they love, the men they fear, nature, religion, and societal/cultural expectations. A woman’s vulnerabilities are her strengths; her strengths are her vulnerabilities, and yet, “One single wing is proof of a sky.”

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