Mothers and Daughters: A Poetry Celebrationby June Cotner
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/i>
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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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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
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
Oh, how I grip
the back of the sofa
As I watch you bob
and eventually tumble
Cautious first steps
must be your own
The hardest part
of that lesson
is mine alone
-Mary Maude Daniels
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
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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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