December 2016 – WINTER
In This Issue
The poems in this folio consider the “Mom” identity from both the mother’s and child’s viewpoints and speak to the complicated relationship that exists between the iconic Mom and Mom as an individual. Each of the poems challenges us, in its own unique way, to confront the person that we may or may not want to be (or know) behind the Mom mask.
Megan Merchant – Fallout Shelter
Susan Rich – My Mother Returns from the Dead to Appear on Oprah
Dawn Paul – My Life as a Dog
Dede Cummings – Day Hike
Elisabeth Weiss – Lost Mother
Laurette Folk – Retreat
Jennifer Jean – Speculating
Megan Buchanan – Diamonds Heat the House
Danielle Jones-Pruett – Elegy in Search of a Speaker
I am interested in the transgenerational legacy of the mother-child dynamic, in which beliefs, behaviors, and past traumas haunt one generation to the next. In the Motherhood project, I work in collaboration with my two daughters and investigate my role as a mother in the context of the maternal legacy that I inherited. (read more)
These craft pieces are the direct result of a new collaboration between Continuing and Professional Studies (CPS) of The City College of New York (CCNY) and Women Writers in Bloom Poetry Salon (WWBPS). Our Interactive Poetry Workshop “From Page to Stage: Everyone Has a Story to Tell–What’s Yours?” was facilitated by JP Howard (Salon Curator), Keisha-Gaye Anderson, Jacqueline Johnson and Heather Archibald.(read more).
Keisha-Gaye Anderson – Poetry
Heather Archibald – Writing the Narrative Poem
J.P. Howard – Poetry as a Reflection of Self on the Page!
Jacqueline Johnson – Poets and Performance