This Country of Mothers

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SIU Press, Apr 10, 2001 - Poetry - 80 pages
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A mosaic of memories, the poems of This Country of Mothers recollect Julianna Baggott’s experiences as both mother and daughter. With wit, compassion, aggression, and anxiety, Baggott examines her maternal history. She recalls moments of creation and destruction in her life, times of elation and of desperation that mold her as both a woman and a poet. This affecting study of motherhood is framed in issues of Catholicism and of poetry itself, challenging and espousing the roles of both. Throughout her poems, Baggott’s personal experiences embrace universal themes to birth poems in a language and style that is both powerfully feminine and accessibly human.

 

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Contents

Section 1
8
Section 2
9
Section 3
13
Section 4
15
Section 5
16
Section 6
17
Section 7
20
Section 8
22
Section 17
38
Section 18
39
Section 19
44
Section 20
46
Section 21
48
Section 22
49
Section 23
51
Section 24
52

Section 9
23
Section 10
27
Section 11
28
Section 12
30
Section 13
32
Section 14
35
Section 15
36
Section 16
37
Section 25
54
Section 26
57
Section 27
64
Section 28
67
Section 29
70
Section 30
80
Section 31
83
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About the author (2001)

Julianna Baggott received her M.F.A. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has held fellowships and scholarships from the Delaware Division of Arts, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Ragdale Foundation, and Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. Her poems have been published in Poetry, The Southern Review, and Best American Poetry 2000. She is the author of Girl Talk, a novel, which has been translated into five languages. She lives in Delaware with her husband and three children.

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