Jessica Gigot is a poet, farmer, and coach. She lives on a little sheep farm in the Skagit Valley. Her second book of poems, Feeding Hour (Wandering Aengus Press, 2020), won a Nautilus Award and was a finalist for the 2021 Washington State Book Award. Jessica’s writing and reviews appear in several publications, such as Orion, Taproot, Terrain.org, Gastronomica, and Poetry Northwest and she is currently a poetry editor for The Hopper. Her memoir, A Little Bit of Land, will be published by Oregon State University Press in 2022.
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Poems by Jessica Gigot
The Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield said “everything has a beginning and an end. Make peace with this and all will be well.” In Jessica Gigot’s Feeding Hour we encounter this basic truth again and again. What can one animal teach another about the harsh hours of labor, mothering, and letting go? How much are we part of a universal family of beings? As Gigot states, our lives are “…separate / and also glaringly interwoven.” As a farmer engaged with the life cycle of her sheep on a daily basis and her own experiences of motherhood, Gigot turns a keen eye on the vacillations of birth, growth, and departures evident in the instinctual nature of all animals. These poems reveal that “life spawns more life/ and what we care for comes/back to us in hard and mysterious ways.”