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Love the Mother of Milk[1]

Veteran of the Birth of her Own Child[2]

She is a Prophet Disguised as a Young Mother[3]

I Believe in the Exhausted Mothers & Frightened Children[4]

What’s the Body of your Mother? Silver Moonlight Everywhere[5]

Motherhood was Invented by someone who had to have a Word for it because

The Ones that have the Children don’t Care whether there’s a Word for it or Not[6]

Women Make each other’s Souls – Learning how to Make Children’s Souls[7]

Secure me in the Presence of your Mother-like Loving Kindness[8]

See the Entire Universe Rested at my Mother’s Feet[9]

A Strange Vocation to be Mother at All[10]

[1] Sylvia Plath, Magi

[2] Laura Hershey, Petrona

[3] Joy Harjo, Insomnia and the Seven Steps to Grace

[4] Dorothy Allison, This Is Our World

[5] Langston Hughes, Mulatto

[6] William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying

[7] Ursula K. Le Guin, Solitude

[8] Padmasambhava tr. Gyurme Dorje, The Tibetan Book of the Dead

[9] Rupi Kaur, When My Mother Was Pregnant

[10] Anne Sexton, The Maiden without Hands

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