Mothers and Daughters: A Poetry Celebration

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Crown/Archetype, Mar 10, 2010 - Poetry - 224 pages
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Celebrate the life passages shared only between mothers and daughters in this uniquely moving collection.
 
Mothers and Daughters reveals the full breadth and depth of the mother-daughter bond as only poetry can. From pregnancy to toddlerhood, adolescence to leaving home, grandmotherhood and beyond, and every passage in between, this collection captures the voices of mothers and daughters as they write about the most moving moments of their times together.
           
Honest, inspiring, joyful, and reflective, the full range of women’s voices has been captured here: the inexplicable joy of a mother holding her baby girl, a mom witnessing the first grown-up tears of her adolescent girl, a mother watching her daughter walk down the aisle, a ten-year-old trying to explain to her mom why she hates broccoli, and a daughter saying good-bye to her mother in her new dorm room. All the poetry, selected by bestselling author June Cotner, is accessible and beautifully crafted, alternating poems that will move any mother or daughter to tears with others that will make her laugh out loud—and all of which will deepen the reader’s understanding and appreciation of this unique bond as no self-help book ever could.
 
The perfect gift for mother or daughter, this is a book that women will want to revisit and share for years to come.
 

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Contents

7
THE COURAGE TO BE
ME N BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN TAKE MY BABY OFF TO COLLEGE
SAYING GOODBYE
STRENGTH
PARENTS DAY ON CAMPUS
VISITOR
WHEN DID I WEEP?

I WILL WRITE ABOUT YOU AS A MYSTERY
2
TO MY DAUGHTER
IN HONOR OF MY ADOPTED DAUGHTER
FIRST DAUGHTER
ATTENDING THE BIRTH OF MY GRANDDAUGHTER
TIDELINE
BOND
PLACENTA PREVIA
INVOLUNTARY CRAFTSMANSHIP
NEWBORN
3
MOTHER TONGUE
BRITHAHAYIM
THE NAMING
NURSING
wAITING TO HEAL
BIRTH RIGHTS
BABY STEPS
GROWING DAUGHTER
4
BEYOND WORDS
SMALL OFFERINGS
THE CATS MEOW
TAKING A NAP
FAMILY SAMPLER
THERE ARE TIMES IN LIFE WHEN ONE DOES THE RIGHT THING
EVERYTHING LEAVES TRACES
GIFTS
5
WAIT
MORNING VOWS
LEARNING TO READ
SEPARATION
THE FIVEYEAR CHANGE
I HATE BROCCOLI
TO MY DAUGHTER WEARING HER FATHERS SHOES
A CHILDS SURGERY
A PROMISE TO MY SICK CHILD
DAUGHTER
THE CONVERSATION
SIDE BY SIDE
MY MOTHER IS THE BEST
GRAVITY
MY DAUGHTER TEN DRESSES AS AN ALIEN
I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY
THE WAY SHE GREETS THE DAY
6
MY MIDDLE DAUGHTER ON THE EDGE OF ADOLESCENCE LEARNS TO PLAY THE SAXOPHONE
RITES OF PASSAGE
SUITABLE OCCUPATIONS FOR MOTHERS OF ADOLESCENTS
CONSECRATION
THROUGH THE EYES OF HER CHILD
PROM NIGHT
SOMETIMES
INITIATION
BIRTH PANGS REDUX
UNCHANGED
LITTLE GIRL GROWN
IN RETROSPECT
8
BECOMING MY MOTHER
TIME WARP
AS I WATCH MY DAUGHTER MARRY
WEDDING FAREWELL
A NOTE TO MY HUSBANDS MOTHER
A FATHERS VIEW OF MOTHER AND DAUGHTER
I TAKE YOURYESAND ECHO IT BACK
9
NEW LIFE
SACRAMENT
GRANDBABY
GRANDMOTHERS GIFTS
GRANDMOTHERS POWER
10
AFRICAN VIOLETS
LOVING HANDS
NOTE OF ADVICE TO THE GOOD NURSE DEATH
CARTOGRAPHER
11
NEW GAME SONG
WAITING
BEFORE MY GRANDDAUGHTERS SURGERY
RECIPE FOR GRIEF
THE MOST BEAUTIFUL LILY IN HEAVEN
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN
HERITAGE
12
A WISH OF MINE
ONE OF THE HARDEST THINGS
VIATICUM FOR A YOUNG DAUGHTER
CONTINUUM
PINK PEARLS
ROOM FULL OF MEMORIES
13
THERE ARE THINGS I WOULD NEVER DO AGAIN
MOTHERED ON POEMS
KNITTING
THE GIFT
LOVE LETTERS
MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS
MOM
PASSAGE
MOMS
14
SHE IS THE SONG I AM THE MUSIC
A DAUGHTERS SONG
MOTHERDAUGHTER SONG
FANTASIA
I HAVE SO MUCH I CAN TEACH HER
A BETTER BLESSING
A MOTHERS DAY GRACE
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JUNE COTNER, is the author of Graces, Bedside Prayers, and Animal Blessings, among several other bestselling collections of poems and prayers.


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