Mamas and Papas: On the Sublime and Heartbreaking Art of Parenting

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Cheryl Klein

Sep 21, 2010

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Most anthologies strive for inclusivity, but never have such editorial decisions made me cry just reading the table of contents. In this collection, people who’ve lost babies are parents too; parenthood is hard-won and not always won at all; papas are not just bumbling sidekicks; and even when everything goes right, the dirty little secret behind the joy is its fragility. As Maureen A. Sherbondy sums it up in “Things That Get Lost,” a poem about a brief grocery store separation, “Even after I he
Most anthologies strive for inclusivity, but never have such editorial decisions made me cry just reading the table of contents. In this collection, people who’ve lost babies are parents too; parenthood is hard-won and not always won at all; papas are not just bumbling sidekicks; and even when everything goes right, the dirty little secret behind the joy is its fragility. As Maureen A. Sherbondy sums it up in “Things That Get Lost,” a poem about a brief grocery store separation, “Even after I heard his cry,/ that tone-specific inflection, mama,/ pieces of me were so far gone,/ I could not get them back.” There is no shortage of humor, as in Sam Apple’s blend of myth-debunking journalism and personal essay, and lyrical beauty, as in Dorianne Laux’s wintery poem “Augusta.” Together they create the world of this anthology, which is, refreshingly, not a world of new plastic products and squealy baby showers but one I actually recognize–of humans, some of them small, some of them big and searching.
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Amanda Moore

Jun 06, 2011

Amanda Moore

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it was amazing

I have a poem in here, and I really appreciate the voices from all across the spectrum of parenting.

Curtis

Dec 29, 2010

Curtis

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it was amazing

A handsome book with many insightful pieeces. Parents of all ages will identify with many of the stories. Highly recommended.

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