Morning Song: Poems for New Parents

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Poignant, inspiring, and full of wisdom, Morning Song celebrates the joy a new child brings to the life of parents and family. With sources ranging from the Bible, Sappho, and traditional songs to Dickinson, Yeats, Frost, and our outstanding contemporary poets, this beautiful collection summons the cosmic and the comic, the spiritual and the pragmatic, the whimsical and the divine. Sections such as “Conception and Grace,” “Waiting,” “Sleep and Song,” and “Green and Carefree” evoke the breadth ...

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Overview

Poignant, inspiring, and full of wisdom, Morning Song celebrates the joy a new child brings to the life of parents and family. With sources ranging from the Bible, Sappho, and traditional songs to Dickinson, Yeats, Frost, and our outstanding contemporary poets, this beautiful collection summons the cosmic and the comic, the spiritual and the pragmatic, the whimsical and the divine. Sections such as “Conception and Grace,” “Waiting,” “Sleep and Song,” and “Green and Carefree” evoke the breadth of the parenting experience and capture the emotional intensity of this magical time.

Among the poets included here are:  

Billy Collins

Mary Oliver

Richard Wilbur

Sylvia Plath

Galway Kinnell

Natasha Trethewey

Dylan Thomas

Pablo Neruda

James Merrill

John Berryman

Kay Ryan

Alice Walker

Jane Kenyon

Rita Dove

Mary Jo Salter

Sharon Olds

An ideal gift book for any parent-to-be, this classic collection will become a treasured companion during the many hours spent waiting and caring for a child.

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Praise for Morning Song

“This could be pleasant listening for new parents needing a break.” – AudioFile Magazine

"While there’s no denying this treasury’s value as a gift book, it’s of equal or greater value to every good library of poetry."--Booklist, starred review

“Verse from sources ranging from the Bible and traditional songs to Dickinson, Yeats, Frost, and contemporary poets make Morning Song an exceptional listening experience, and a superb gift for new parents everywhere. Highly recommended.” – The Midwest Book Review

“I know of no other anthology like it. I can imagine any number of friends and relatives giving it to new parents. It’s not a bunch of poems about babies, but great poems about the trajectories of new lives. When I began reading, I remembered being on the 2 a.m. feeding, rocking the baby with his bottle. How wonderful it would have been to have that book at that hour.”---Tracy Kidder, Pulitzer Prize--winning author

“I am delighted to be included in a book that is such a good idea and such an excellent collection.”---Mary Oliver, Pulitzer Prize--winning author of American Primitive

Morning Song is a wonderful gathering of poems that, though intended for new parents, is not fixated on crib and stroller but speaks, rather, to “the inner life of mothers and fathers.” The poems chosen are a fresh, abundant harvest of the new and the old, the plain and the lofty, the great and the little known, but all that variety is pervaded by the editors’ devotion to love and life.”---Richard Wilbur, Pulitzer Prize--winning author of Things of This World and New and Collected Poems

“This marvelous, much-needed anthology will cast a lasting glow over new parents and children alike, not to mention the relatives and friends who care for them.”---Stephen Young, program director of The Poetry Foundation

“Who better than our most beloved poets to translate all that is unspeakable about our most beloved children---this joy and terror, this terrible love that has bewitched us---into words, into grace. I read the collection in one sitting and then lurched out of bed to watch my own sleeping babies and sigh into the moonlight.”---Catherine Newman, author of Waiting for Birdy: A Year of Frantic Tedium, Neurotic Angst, and the Wild Magic of Growing a Family

“The birth of a child is an event so extraordinary that parents often lack the words to describe their thoughts and feelings. Collecting some of the finest poems ever written on birth and childhood, Morning Song not only articulates but also expands and refines our sense of the miracle of new life.”---Dana Gioia

"This collection is poignant, inspiring, thoughtful and fun." --Deseret News

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312644260
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 4/26/2011
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,328,050
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Todd graduated from Smith College and was an elementary school teacher for many years before becoming head of the Heath School in Heath, Massachusetts. She was a founding editor of Parents’ Choice magazine and a contributing editor of FamilyFun magazine. Susan lives in Ashfield, Massachusetts.

Carol Purington has published two books of haiku and three books of tanka. She lives on a multigeneration farm in Colrain, Massachusetts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2011

    extraordinary anthology, and a great gift

    I gave this as a gift to a dear friend with a new child, and she adores it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2011

    A collection of poetry rock stars pay tribute to new moms and dads!

    Some well known-e.g., Mary Oliver, Sharon Olds, Richard Wilbur, Billy Collins, Alice Walker and so many more-and some up and coming-including the earthy genius of the book's co-editor Carol Purington and Shelburne Falls based poet Susie Patlove. Purington and her co-editor, Susan Todd, approach their topic with the kind of wisdom and grace it deserves. Todd, a former elementary school teacher and principal, is the mother of three daughters. She knows her subject matter inside and out. Her philosophy and approach to poetry, teaching and parenting are all the same-service. There is something here for every reader who has a child, knows someone who has a child or was once a child him or herself. Put another way, this isn't just a book about what it means to be a parent, it's a book about what it means to be human. Jonathan Diamond (Author, Fatherless Sons: Healing The Legacy of Loss)

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