Our Mothers, Our Selves: Writers and Poets Celebrating Motherhood

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Our Mothers Our Selves
Writers and Poets Celebrating Motherhood

Edited by Karen J. Donnelly and J. B. Bernstein

BERGIN & GARVEY Westport, Connecticut · London

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Copyright Acknowledgments v
  • Contents ix
  • Introduction xiii
  • Dedication xv
  • I -- Beyond Self 1
  • The Moment the Two Worlds Meet 3
  • From a Street in Bronzeville 4
  • How to Live 6
  • Miscarriage 14
  • With Child 16
  • Lines For One As Yet Unnamed 19
  • Fist First 20
  • The Bearing Woman 23
  • Infant Burial Room, Wupatki 28
  • Even after Death, I Will Not Forget how a Newborn Huffs and Puffs when Sitting Slumped Over 30
  • Not a Trace 33
  • Cambodia 35
  • Morning Song 39
  • Stumbling into Motherhood: A Few Words About Bonding & Mother-Women 40
  • Ironing 43
  • On the Inside 44
  • After Reading Mickey the Night Kitchen for the Third Time Before Bed 50
  • Crack in the World 51
  • What to Tell the Kids 55
  • But how? 57
  • Yes, It is Possible to Love a Child Who Doesn't Have Your Eyes 58
  • Motherless 60
  • Brothers and Sons 61
  • Loving Across State Lines 64
  • The Glass Half Empty 67
  • Awaiting the Arrival of the Witch 69
  • Ghost Child 72
  • Learning the Firebird Suite 74
  • That's My Girl 75
  • The Blessing 76
  • Cornucopia 79
  • II -- Beyond Reflection 81
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Excerpt) 83
  • Reasons. . . 87
  • The Woman Warrior 88
  • Nursing the Adopted Child: A Different Pace of Bonding 92
  • Sitting With My Mother and Father 96
  • Bending Over Roses at Twilight 98
  • Mercy Killing 99
  • Women and Other Mothers 100
  • Spring of '42 106
  • The Body Market 107
  • Foreword from The Measure of Our Success 109
  • Mother's Voice 112
  • Autumn Roses 113
  • Passing Away 115
  • Breast Fed 118
  • The Annuity 119
  • What She Left Me 122
  • Rubberband Dances 133
  • Shooters 135
  • Writing My Mother's Life 136
  • Feminism, Art, and My Mother Sylvia 140
  • Going Deeper into the Album 147
  • On Learning of the Death of My Great-Grandmother in Childbirth at Age 18 148
  • Making the Wine 151
  • Dead Baby Speaks 157
  • 50 Mothers of a Renowned Wolf 162
  • Beautiful Bellies 165
  • III -- Beyond the Whole 167
  • Mother and Daughter, A Dynamic Duo Indeed 169
  • Heat 174
  • Two Poems 177
  • The Scorpion Wore Pink Shoes 178
  • Mommy Wars 186
  • Real Enough 188
  • The Child Has Seen the Wind 190
  • Tito Fuentes, Topps #177, 1967 191
  • Life Ain't Never Settled 192
  • Conception 198
  • Giving Birth 199
  • Mother's Milk: A Dairy Tale 211
  • The Woman With the Wild-Grown Hair Keeps Her Vigil 213
  • Like Her Uterus Ripped Out 215
  • The Fault 219
  • Small Things 221
  • The Christmas Ritual 226
  • From 7 Folk Songs with Refrains 227
  • Black Bear Eating Salmon 229
  • Child Has No Say 231
  • After-Shock 233
  • Breast Feeding 237
  • The Last Wild Horses in Tennessee 238
  • The Envelope 240
  • About the Editors and Contributors 241
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