The Mother's Tongue
SHORTLISTED FOR THE MINNESOTA BOOK AWARDS 2006. Poems in The Mother’s Tongue move in images of the living world that include plants and creatures both native and non-native to American landscapes. These poems move via persona and personal lyric through expressions of ambivalence about choosing the life of the body – of womanhood and motherhood – through the strange realm of pregnancy into the netherworld of the post-partum period and out into the world again, into the enlarged world, the world at war, the world of work and words. Finally these poems move to enter the world of women as transformed within the love of language – of recovered Ojibwe language and English renewed as first language in the mouths of infants. These are poems that urge women to discover the power of their own tongues as they teach speech – the sweet, salty, sour and bitter desires – the taste on the mother’s tongue.
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Review: The Mother's TongueUser Review - Molly - Goodreads
Here are some phrases that struck me in the reading: nectary (5) throat-open flowers (5) gnomes in their bones (15) the childgrain (18) salt the pit of herself (20) the infant face ... drifted like ... Read full review
Review: The Mother's TongueUser Review - Jessica - Goodreads
The four part division (bitter root, sweet milk) organized these poems with a singluar theme: pregnancy and child birth. She has some nice allusions and images, but the form gets lazy ( poems in the shape of the state of Minnesota") and babies begin to bore me. Read full review