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Not For Mothers Only

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"The poets in this anthology have been ravished, whacked, illuminated, blown away by the experience of motherhood. The thousand experiences. The thousand interruptions. The fact that it is never what we expected, and that it is overwhelmingly intense."—Alicia Ostriker, from the foreword
Paperback, 546 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Fence Books
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Jessica
Apr 30, 2008 Jessica rated it it was amazing
I've been meaning to buy this book for a while, and I'm so glad I finally did. Every poem is inspiring on a number of levels. And it's organized chronologically based on when the poets' kids were born, which I think is clever and makes for a great straight-through read.
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Mar 16, 2008 Kat rated it it was amazing
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A really great, nuanced collection that encompasses a wide variety of forms and content, including a poem about choosing not to have children (and how controversial that can be).
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Sep 07, 2007 Michelle Taransky rated it it was amazing
it's okay to write about babies.
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"Pretty May
(rain)
& I------
talking
in sort of rounded gobs


American English

moist tulip air
lumps of throat

Pearly light
I catch it & bundle it in"
-Alice Notley, "Splashes of Yellow"

I'll return to these various poems. Yes and happily, I will. A few of the bios--full of portent--I may not read again.
Mary Louise
Mar 26, 2008 Mary Louise marked it as to-read
Shelves: poetry
Rebecca Wolff edited this anthology.
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One of the best anthologies on child-rearing out there. An essential addition to the canon of parenthood.
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Rebecca Wolff is the editor of Fence and the author of Manderley, Figment and Continuum. She lives in Athens, New York, with her family and is a Fellow of the New York State Writers Institute.
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