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Video: Spoon

In this visual poem, Markus Kempken explores specific objects — spoons, spatulas, flutes — and the way they trigger memories of his childhood abuse.

March 13, 2021 · 3 Comments

Elizabeth Romero: What My Mother Said

think of my love
as a red glass button
hanging on a threadbare dress

February 12, 2021 · 2 Comments

Paul Christensen: The Muse of Memory

Nothing stirs but the wind that rattles rain gutters and pulls on the hinges of blistered shutters. A pair of boots has been left out on a patio of gray flagstones, the mud still clinging to their heels like forgotten promises.

January 3, 2021 · 5 Comments

Sunnivie Brydum: 11 Better Ideas for a Country in Need of Social Change

Even nations with long histories of inequality and violence carry lessons for how to move toward what might be called a more perfect union.

January 3, 2021 · 2 Comments

Video: A Mind Sang

In the last moments before childbirth, a mother sees how similar her life and her child’s life will be.

December 6, 2020 · 1 Comment

Edna St. Vincent Millay: The courage that my mother had

The courage that my mother had
Went with her, and is with her still:
Rock from New England quarried;
Now granite in a granite hill.

May 10, 2020 · 1 Comment

Adrie Kusserow: The Adoration

All morning I groom you with tiny lovenames.
I am a cat, you are my kitten, cowlicked
with locution.

October 23, 2019 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: Love

When I was a child, my mother told me
God has many faces
And She reveals Herself
In many ways.

October 13, 2019 · 20 Comments

Ellen Foos: Maternal Instinct

Her dreams were artistic,
not caught up in soap operas.
She was creating a new breed
with crayons, storybooks and blind faith.

May 11, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Mumford & Sons — “Beloved”

A boy visits his mother in the hospital and imagines a perfect day with her: And as you leave you must know you are belovedAnd as you leave I can … Continue reading

May 11, 2019 · Leave a comment

Dawn Potter: How to Ask for Money

Grandmother declared, after her third glass of rosé, that vehement was a flavor. Then she turned to stare at me. “A curtsey,” she trumpeted, “is a stitch in time!” She … Continue reading

November 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

David Huddle: Even Then I knew

for Lisa Fay Coutley Our mother was often desperate because of my brothers and me—once she threw the dish drainer at Charles, slapped the back of Bill’s head so that … Continue reading

August 11, 2018 · 5 Comments

Elizabeth Gargano: Why I Chose to Be My Mother’s Caretaker

Living on Human Time When I tell friends and acquaintances that my eighty-nine-year-old mother will be moving in with my husband and me, I get two kinds of stares. One … Continue reading

August 11, 2018 · 2 Comments

Elizabeth Kirschner: The Story of Benjamin

Early July, ninety degrees in the shade and me in the crook of my mother’s arms. She has her movie star sunglasses on, purple cat-eye glasses with iris-tinted lenses.      … Continue reading

July 15, 2018 · 1 Comment

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