Mothering: A Poetry Sampler
Perhaps it was our good fortune or random happenchance; perhaps we were on the lookout for poems featuring parenting in some way (probably inspired by Eva Whittle's poems featured in this issue's poetry pages); perhaps the idea of mothering just happened to be resonating among the poets who submitted to our open reading period. Whatever it was that brought these poems together remains mysterious and unknowable, sort of like mothering. Mothering, being mothered, watching someone mother. Here are nine compelling and complex poems that speak on the infinite manifestations of motherhood.
~Marianne Worthington, poetry editor
Catherine Pritchard Childress
Megan Pillow Davis
Three Days After
Daughter-in-law Mine, Once Removed
Jamie Elliott Keith
The Old Christenberry House
George Ella Lyon
What Trouble Is
God-The-Mother in My Bedroom . . .
"Washers, White Pine, Tennessee" ©John Edwin May; used with permission