The Children (I Never Had)

  • Photographer
    Kerry Payne Stailey
  • Prize
    3rd Place / Moving Images/Moving Images
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“Forgive me, my love, my body has won. So quietly we grieve the babies I bleed.” -------------- 'The Children (I Never Had)’ explores the bloody battle of infertility, of hope and loss, played out monthly by women everywhere in their fruitless quest to become mothers. Our year of reproductive discontent was poetic and ugly and bittersweet, so like the melancholy I carry for the babies I did not. These are the children I imagined would be ours, and the menstrual blood that defied us, every twenty-eighth day.

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