Not For Mothers Only: Contemporary Poems On Child-getting And Child-rearing by Catherine WagnerNot For Mothers Only: Contemporary Poems On Child-getting And Child-rearing by Catherine Wagner

Not For Mothers Only: Contemporary Poems On Child-getting And Child-rearing

EditorCatherine Wagner, Rebecca WolffForeword byAlicia Ostriker

Paperback | January 1, 2011

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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 "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 "
CATHERINE WAGNER is the author of two books of poems, Miss America and Macular Hole. She is the winner of the Ruth Lilly Prize and was a Teaching-Writing Fellow at the Iowa Writers Workshop. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, she currently lives in Oxford, Ohio, where she has recently joined the faculty at Miami University.REBECCA WOLFF ...
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Title:Not For Mothers Only: Contemporary Poems On Child-getting And Child-rearingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:546 pages, 8.06 × 8.45 × 1.53 inPublished:January 1, 2011Publisher:Fence BooksLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Mina Loy's "Parturition"
Foreword - Alicia Ostriker
Introductions - Catherine Wagner and Rebecca Wolff
Night-pieces for A Child - Adrienne Rich
from the Church - Jean Valentine
The Locked Ward: O.T. - Jean Valentine
Single Mother, 1966 - Jean Valentine
Abortion Child - Jean Valentine
Her dream: the child - Jean Valentine
Dearest - Jean Valentine
At the Door - Jean Valentine
You Are Not One in a Sequence - Jean Valentine
Maria Gravida, Mary Expectant - Jean Valentine
from Natural Birth - Toi Derricotte
The Fat Baby - Caroline Knox
Therse Lavasseur - Caroline Knox
from The Mother/Child Papers - Alicia Ostriker
from Zombie Notes - Maureen Owen
Bedtime - Maureen Owen
from Letters to the Letters S and F - Maureen Owen
from Hearts in Space - Maureen Owen
from The No-Travels Journal - Maureen Owen
Topography - Maureen Owen
Giving Birth - Wanda Coleman
'Tis Morning Makes Mother A Killer - Wanda Coleman
child of air and light not speaking - Kathleen Fraser
Q - Fanny Howe
The Nursery - Fanny Howe
Conclusively - Fanny Howe
A downpour - Martha Ronk
Now it's up to the world
"'You know how I am,' he said, 'when it is getting late'" - Martha Ronk
from Spinoza in Her Youth - Norma Cole
Dear Dark Continent - Alice Notley
Three Strolls - Alice Notley
3 Postpartum Exercises - Alice Notley
Splashes of Yellow - Alice Notley
Walk, Walk, Walk - Alice Notley
But He Says I Misunderstood - Alice Notley
from Songs for the Unborn Second Baby - Alice Notley
January - Alice Notley
from Waltzing Matilda "12/2/80" - Alice Notley
The World's 21 Greatest Animals: A Play - Alice Notley
The Howling Saint T-Shirt - Alice Notley
Midwinter Day, Section 2 - Bernadette Mayer
Two Days After Joanna Had Two Stitches - Bernadette Mayer
Marie Makes Fun of Me at the Shore - Bernadette Mayer
Chocolate Sonnet - Bernadette Mayer
A Birth - Maxin Chernoff
Sotto Voce - Maxine Chernoff
Identity Principle - Maxine Chernoff
from Have You A Daughter? - Maxine Chernoff
from The Angel of History - Carolyn Forche
Curfew - Carolyn Forche
Fiction - Rae Armantrout
Attention - Rae Armantrout
Crossing - Rae Armantrout
A Story - Rae Armantrout
Bases - Rae Armantrout
Merely by Wilderness - Molly Peacock
ChrisEaster - Molly Peacock
On the Street - Molly Peacock
The Ghost - Molly Peacock
N/est - Ann Lauterbach
Time Problem - Brenda Hillman
Assent - Anne Waldman
Poem - Anne Waldman
Hermeneutical - Anne Waldman
Baby's Pantoum - Anne Waldman
The Moment the Two Worlds Meet - Sharon Olds
New Mother - Sharon Olds
The Clasp - Sharon Olds
The Talk - Sharon Olds
The One Girl at the Boys' Party - Sharon Olds
The Language of the Brag - Sharon Olds
First Weeks - Sharon Olds
Rose - Rachel Blau Duplessis
from Writing - Rachel Blau Duplessis
Draft #2: She - Rachel Blau Duplessis
Utica Station - Kimiko Hahn
The Shower - Kimiko Hahn
The Variable Field - Kimiko Hahn
Everybody Was His Mother - Carla Harryman
in temples - Akilah Oliver
murdering - Akilah Oliver
in Aporia - Akilah Oliver
Provolone Baby - Thylias Moss
A Catcher for an Atomic Bouquet - Thylias Moss
Those Men at Redbones - Thylias Moss
Gossamer and Thinner - Thylias Moss
One for all Newborns - Thylias Moss
What No One Could Have Told Them - C.D. Wright
Detail from What No One Could Have Told Them - C.D. Wright
Why Leave You So Soon Gone - C.D. Wright
Personal Insurance - Mairead Byrne
Downtown Crossing - Mairead Byrne
The Handy EveryMother Zone-Out Capacitor - Mairead Byrne
Circus - Mairead Byrne
A Bonnet Gospel - Jean Donnelly
The Four Year Old Girl - Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge
I Love Morning - Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge
Over Dark Arches - Annie Finch
Churching - Annie Finch
from Dr. B's Poof and Dare - Gillian Conoley
(Erasures of Dr. Spock's Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care) - Gillian Conoley
from I'm Not Effective In Fact I Use Uncalculated Rhythm Method - Karena Youtz
Attache Case - Margaret Christakos
Son - Margaret Christakos
A Charm for Sleep - Pam Rehm
Indebted - Pam Rehm
Toccata with Child - Claudia Keelan
To the New World - Claudia Keelan
After Giving Birth, I Recall the Madonna and Child - Julianna Baggott
Vigil - Elizabeth Robinson
Coast - Elizabeth Robinson
Hammock - Elizabeth Robinson
Celestial Militia - Larissa Szporluk
Mare Nubium - Larissa Szporluk
Mare Fecunditatis - Larissa Szporluk
Doppelganger - Larissa Szporluk
Vivarium - Miranda Field
What Birds Feel, Fish Feel, I Don't Know - Miranda Field
The Milk the Hidden Ground the Armor Struggle on the Grass - Miranda Field
Animal/Vegetable Fable - Miranda Field
Boy Pouring Water - Miranda Field
Citronella - Miranda Field
Red Radio Flyer - Kimberly Lyons
Astroland - Kimberly Lyo08 "Just in time for Mothers' Day comes this anthology of poems about the experience of motherhood, or 'the thousand experiences, the thousand interruptions,' as poet Alicia Ostriker writes in the foreword. Edited by two friends who met in the early 1990s at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Not for Mothers Only collects poems on a range of subjects under the motherhood umbrella, some intimate and personal, others historical and political.Among the contributors are well-known poets (Adrienne Rich, Carolyn Forche, Sharon Olds, for example) and emerging ones (most are likely to be new to readers). There's very little in the way of helpful structuring: The contributors are not arranged thematically, but according to the arrival of their first child.Catherine Wagner, in the introduction, calls this book a 'comforting corrective to those who feel isolated as mother-artists,' and Rebecca Wolff notes that 'poets who are mothers' often get asked, 'How has being a mother changed your writing?' Her own response is 'brutally literal . . . pragmatic as a peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich on allergen-free bread': "My poems are a lot shorter now.'Not for Mothers Only is an odd title for a poetry anthology that seems to be precisely for mothers; it's wishful thinking on the part of the editors that anyone else is going to be much interested in an anthology dealing with the 'life-changing joys and rigors of motherhood.' Still, lovely language abounds in these pages and provocative phrases, and, as Eddy Arnold used to sing, 'Put them all together, they spell Mother, a word that means the world to me.'" -- The Washington Post

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"Just in time for Mothers' Day comes this anthology of poems about the experience of motherhood, or 'the thousand experiences, the thousand interruptions,' as poet Alicia Ostriker writes in the foreword. Edited by two friends who met in the early 1990s at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Not for Mothers Only collects poems on a range of subjects under the motherhood umbrella, some intimate and personal, others historical and political.Among the contributors are well-known poets (Adrienne Rich, Carolyn Forche, Sharon Olds, for example) and emerging ones (most are likely to be new to readers). There's very little in the way of helpful structuring: The contributors are not arranged thematically, but according to the arrival of their first child.Catherine Wagner, in the introduction, calls this book a 'comforting corrective to those who feel isolated as mother-artists,' and Rebecca Wolff notes that 'poets who are mothers' often get asked, 'How has being a mother changed your writing?' Her own response is 'brutally literal . . . pragmatic as a peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich on allergen-free bread': "My poems are a lot shorter now.'Not for Mothers Only is an odd title for a poetry anthology that seems to be precisely for mothers; it's wishful thinking on the part of the editors that anyone else is going to be much interested in an anthology dealing with the 'life-changing joys and rigors of motherhood.' Still, lovely language abounds in these pages and provocative phrases, and, as Eddy Arnold used to sing, 'Put them all together, they spell Mother, a word that means the world to me.'" -- The Washington Post