The Best Literary Writing About Mothers and Motherhood

Martha McCollough – Poetry

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Martha McCollough

 

On Mother’s Blue Hat

High out of reach / netted lacquer cherries tremble

and shine /  inviting the bees, her perfect children / not us

so waspish and barking / busy with accident — thinking

the pearls were pop-beads and now they’re all over the floor

we try on her tall shoes / tiny oceans rock in the glass heels

inside minuscule oysters spin layers of nacre / glimmering

and breakable / it’s not forgiveness if we go by in a blur

restless continents sidle to her knee / lay our heads in her lap

we bad dogs dig up bones in the orchard / set them on fire

 


Martha McCollough lives in Chelsea, Massachusetts. She has an MFA in painting from Pratt Institute. Her poems are forthcoming or have appeared in Tampa Review. The Baffler, Crab Creek Review, and Salamander, among others. Her chapbook, Grandmother Mountain, will be published by Blue Lyra Press October 2019.

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