‘My Daughter’s Body’ – a poem about a mother’s grief over her daughter’s disability

‘My Daughter’s Body’ was written by Jennifer Franklin (photo below) who graduated from Brown and Columbia. Her full-length collection, Looming, was published by Elixir Press in 2015. Her poetry has appeared in Blackbird, Boston Review,…

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‘A Commencement Villanelle’ – mums never stop worrying

This poem expresses the timeless and never-ending worries that mothers have over  their children’s wellbeing. This poem pivots around a graduation ceremony. It shows that milestone events and birthdays may come and go which signify a…

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‘To The Mother of a Dead Marine’ – a poem about a mother’s loss

  To The Mother of a Dead Marine by Marilyn L. Taylor     Your boy once touched me, yes. I knew you knew when your wet, reddened gaze drilled into me, groped through my…

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‘Suitcase’- Experience of a mother in NYC post 9/11

‘Suitcase’ is authored by Nicole Cooley, a professor of English and the director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation at Queens College—City University of New York. “Suitcase” documents Nicole’s experience as the…

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Launching a season of poetry and prose on what shapes our mothering

I still remember the day 18 years ago when I brought my newly born daughter back home from the hospital. She was lying in her wicker basket placed on the floor beside my bed. It…

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