Mothers and Daughters: A Poetry Celebration

Mothers and Daughters: A Poetry Celebration

by June Cotner
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
June Cotner, who previously collected Graces and Bedside Prayers, here brings together Mothers and Daughters as versified by poets like Kim Addonizio and Kelly Cherry. The point-of-sale-sized book takes readers "from pregnancy to toddlerhood, adolescence to leaving home, grandmotherhood and beyond." ( Apr.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
The News Tribune
By gathering contributions from seven-year-olds as well as grandmas, lay poets as well as professionals, Cotner has achieved something that has eluded many others: bringing the world of poetry to the average reader.
—Michael Vaughn
Barbara Lloyd McMichael
". . . in Mothers and Daughters, I found grit, realism and genuine emotion. I found fine writing. I found challenging ideas. There are some tear-jerkers here, but Cotner maintains a good balance and keeps things from turning into a pity party . . . It was a great idea to include the work of young girls-their voices add an important dimension to the book as a whole."--(Barbara Lloyd McMichael, "The Bookmonger" column)
StorkNet.com
The poets represented within this compilation relate to the readers like close friends, as they reflect on their most intimate thoughts and feelings. Many of them are award-winning poets, but the collection also includes some lesser-known writers with amazing insight and poignancy. This anthology describes all the wondrous life-changing experiences in a woman's life . . . June Cotner's poetry selections, all beautifully crafted and accessible, alternate between conjuring up emotions of joy and elation to times of sadness and tears to virtual laugh-out-loud honesty and wit. From this reflective collection, readers will gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for the unique bond women share - a special keepsake meant to be revisited and shared after time.
Hutton Book-Review Services
It's difficult to believe, but June Cotner has done it again - produced yet another successful and beautiful collection . . . Mothers and Daughters is sure to be a best seller for Mother's Day, baby showers, adoptions, etc. With Cotner's sure and gentle hand, each poem included here is perfect for the theme . . . All readers and fans of Cotner's will be eager to add Mothers and Daughters to their gift list.
—Linda Hutton

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307566034
Publisher:
Crown/Archetype
Publication date:
03/10/2010
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
File size:
2 MB

Read an Excerpt

DANCING PARTNERS

I dance in a cumbersome,
out-sized waltz of new life
in love with my body
as it blooms and hovers
over the tiny being
cradled near my heart
as if already on my lap.
I savor outlandish cravings,
rehearsals for a lifetime of yearnings
on behalf of this becoming-daughter.
Naked in morning sunlight,
I anoint my roundness with oil,
lullabying its nestling, who, in
matching conception and gestation
is growing a new me: her mother.

-Margaret Anne Huffman

BOND

I am enchanted by this blessed mystery-
why you, of all possible infants,
and I, of all possible mothers,
meet here and now to stare with wonder
deeply into one another's eyes.

-Maureen Tolman Flannery

GROWING DAUGHTER

Oh, how I grip
the back of the sofa
As I watch you bob
and weave
and eventually tumble

Cautious first steps
must be your own
The hardest part
of that lesson
is mine alone

-Mary Maude Daniels

GIFTS

Of all the small things we are given to love -
new grass, acorns, the mystery of seeds,
February's warm breath, raspberries, lilacs in the spring -
I love you most of all
because you have given them back to me.
A keen eye for the moon,
gentle fingers tracing a sidewalk's crack,
the lacy web of a fly's wing.
You have taught me to taste the world again,
swallow dry snow,
smell the surprise of the January sun.
You, my small scientist of beauty,
recover the wonder of life
in your open, astonished hands.

-Sheila O' Connor

What People are saying about this

Letty Cottin Pogrebin
"A touching, tender compendium of fresh voices on the relationship that so often makes us feel speechless with awe, rage, and love. A lovely gift for mothers, daughters and grandmothers and especially those who are all three!"--(Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Author of Getting Over Getting Older and co-founder of Ms. magazine)

Meet the Author

JUNE COTNER, is the author of Graces, Bedside Prayers, and Animal Blessings, among several other bestselling collections of poems and prayers.


From the Hardcover edition.

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