Our Mothers, Our Selves: Writers and Poets Celebrating Motherhood

Our Mothers, Our Selves: Writers and Poets Celebrating Motherhood

Our Mothers, Our Selves: Writers and Poets Celebrating Motherhood

Our Mothers, Our Selves: Writers and Poets Celebrating Motherhood

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A writers' multicultural festival in celebration of motherhood in all its infinite varieties filled with pain, joy, terror, ecstasy, ignorance, wisdom, despair, fulfillment, peace, and wonder.

Excerpt

Karen J. Donnelly and J. B. Bernstein

This body is your body, ashes now and roses, but alive in my eyes, my breasts my throat, my thighs. You run in me a tang of salt in the creek waters of my blood

you sing in my mind like wine. What you did not dare in your life you dare in mine.

--from My Mother's Body by Marge Piercy

We are our mothers' daughters, our mothers' sons, and our mothers live inside us as we go beyond and extend the meaning of their lives. It is time to join hands and embrace the pain with the joy, to allow for differences, and to bring the celebration of motherhood into the fold of feminism. We must recognize our oneness and pass this strength on to the next generation.

This book was conceived out of love for an idea, an idea that motherhood belongs to everyone; everyone either has one or is one or has the potential to be one. But it has been an idea that has been battered, bruised, blamed, misconceived, degraded, and omitted. We feel motherhood belongs in the forefront of women's, men's, children's, yes, family issues. The experience of motherhood is different for everyone, and these differences need to be explored, admired, respected, accepted, and convened under one protective multicolored umbrella...the stories, poems, essays and pictures preening like a peacock at the height of its beauty.

The first three months of putting together this womb-book were outrageous; our idea changed from a very small seedling to a full-fledged concept, nurtured in the beginning by warm and encouraging responses and submissions from Anna Quindlen, Alicia Ostriker, Sharon Olds, Andrea Dworkin, and Marge Piercy followed by all the other exceptional artists who joined to celebrate motherhood in their own way. We received submissions from all over the world, from both genders, all lifestyles, races, religions, nationalities, and backgrounds. Our goal to make the essence of feminism . . .

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