Literary Mama writing about the many faces of motherhood

Every week, as we return and check out, we collectively affirm both the value of books and the value of libraries, where we learn, discover, shift focus, reinvigorate our interests, vivify our memory, grow, commune.

In Beyond Rainman, Anne K. Ross ably wields the dual perspectives of mother and professional psychologist, showing from multiple perspectives what autism looks and feels like. As a professional, she observes children on the spectrum hovering at the edges of school playgrounds, while at home, her stomach tightens when she senses her son getting stuck and angry.

Beneath the red smock she wore like a gown
two hearts beat. Hidden. Only she could say
what secret she carried to that far town.

Red and lovely, scared
and curled on the kitchen floor, pregnant
with her third, fourth, if you count the one
never born.


We can make our symbols, share our love, and push down the ache. We can create our own kind of magic, full of stories and light and possibility.

Your mother cleans all day. It is hot and humid, and she is pregnant with your brother.

For this month's Essential Reading, we beg the question: is the book always better than the movie?


Our growing list of homophones has hung on the corkboard in our pantry for 15 years.

Time shifts like water / these days; we might be in the ocean / or the pool.


Only loosely am I connected to my self / which seems to drag far in our wake


Oh, come lay your hands upon him, / speak in tongues and song and words of ancients


Red, like the fear she gave. / Mother Mary Full of Grace, protect us from this / battered lace.


Beneath the red smock she wore like a gown / two hearts beat. Hidden.

Author Mary Volmer discusses the value of applying to residency programs and the similarities between playing sports and writing.


Tina Parker speaks about the art and science of writing and facilitating creativity.

In Beyond Rainman, Anne K. Ross ably wields the dual perspectives of mother and professional psychologist, showing from multiple perspectives what autism looks and feels like.


Whether Leslie Contreras Schwartz is examining the bodily experience of bearing children, the remembered experience of her own childhood, her present relationship to children, or stories and images of children, they're presented in continuity.