Losing your mother when very young is a devastating experience. The authors featured in Kiss Me Goodnight recall the lost moments they shared with their mothers, exploring their feelings, longings, and how they have learned to cope with loss through their adult lives. Unlike other books on motherlessness, KMG reveals the experience through stories, poems, and essays giving an intimate and highly personal view of mother loss. These women are courageous. They write vivid and haunting descriptions of the cancer, suicide, alcoholism, accidents, Nazis, and other agents of death that killed their mothers. They also capture the sweet memories of their mothers -- the color and smell of their clothes, the taste of the food they prepared, the light on their faces, the texture of their hair, and the memory of their kisses.Kiss Me Goodnight includes a collection of 25 short stories and essays and 72 poems written by 52 authors. Their work was chosen by a panel of reviewers who read hundreds of submissions from all over the United States - submissions that came from one tiny ad in a national poetry magazine.The majority of these women, who range in age from 15 to 80-plus, are published poets and short story writers. The works are presented in alphabetical order by last name of author and are interspersed with photographic images of some of the authors with their mothers.
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What a wonderful anthology. These poems chronicle life and death and the enduring bonds between mothers and daughters. From the details of domestic life -- baking bread, slicing apples, a dying mother's pleasure at a new blue dress -- to the haunting poetic power of AN ANNOUNCED DEATH by Camincha, these writings transcend the pain of grief and loss and celebrate the power of motherhood and love.
Each of the women who contributed to this book, whether with a story or with poetry, shared her deepest self with us. I found it fascinating and and occasionlly uplifting to read their experiences, to learn how much a mother, and the loss of a mother, means in a woman's life. Heartfelt and engagingly written, these bits of real life add something ineffable to anyone who reads them.