Poetry

Karen Benke: “Spring Cleaning”

By Maxine Flasher-Düzgünes
"Another part of the poem’s process was in thinking through what it means to really, truly forgive forever: forgive ourselves, forgive another human. How it’s a gift for both people." - Karen Benke
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Family & Friends

About My Mother

By Nancy A. Lane
I write about my mother to fill the gap she left, to attenuate my orphanhood, to keep her with me, and because I need to know who she was in order to know who I am.
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Film & Television

Moms at the Movies

By Alexandra MacAaron
Happy Mother’s Week! Whether you watch with a mother or someone who made you a mother, you’ll find these titles an excellent reminder of maternal strength, courage, conviction — and sometimes comedy and complications.
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Poetry

[Mother’s Day]: “Dusk” by Tracy K. Smith

By Rebecca Foust
I chose “Dusk” by Tracy K. Smith for its frank expression of the double-edged sword that is motherhood (parenthood, really): We adore our children more than life itself, and if we do a good job of raising them, they one day will abandon us.
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Poetry

Annie Kim: “More Words for Snow”

By Rebecca Foust
Snow had fallen all throughout the manuscript, but I wasn’t done. I wanted more. I wanted to understand why this stuff coming down from the sky had such a hold on me, how it could be at once cruel and divine, corruptible and hope itself, both infinite and made to disappear.
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Books

‘The Barbizon,’ 700 Rooms of One’s Own

By Alexandra MacAaron
'The Barbizon, The Hotel That Set Women Free' traces the history of the storied residence from its jazz age, prohibition beginnings to its eventual demise and rebirth. Along the way, she analyzes New York’s social, political, and economic environment.
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