Literary Mama writing about the many faces of motherhood

Parenting is one long series of stages—for both our children and ourselves—each with its own challenges and rewards.

It is almost impossible to hold the two thoughts in my mind simultaneously. A new life is growing inside me even as my young son’s is slipping away.

late summer in the city / the block is hot / and fires are everywhere. // a possum has chewed the head / off one of our hens, sitting / on her newly hatched chicks. // it was us who did not / lock the door / who let the danger in. // stay in your homes / blares a police helicopter circling / circling overhead.

It doesn’t know we brought it home / when the kids could only pedal, / or that they drive their own cars now. / Nothing in its belts or pistons / gives it power to recall / the sleepover birthday guests in / its bouncing backseat, / or the giggles about the boy in class / and his field-trip heels-dug-in panicking protests / as they “forced” him onto a screaming rollercoaster.


It is almost impossible to hold the two thoughts in my mind simultaneously. A new life is growing inside me even as my young son's is slipping away.


Well, I thought, if Stacey wanted a friend only under certain criteria, which I did not meet, so be it.

I want to slow things down, to pause the clock. I need to breathe, I realize. Just give me a moment to breathe.


I had to be more than a mother who sat on that beige couch, her only goal to get through the day.


Something has changed in the cadence of our relationship, like a gear shifting into a different socket.

I cut the cord on our microwave early this morning. Rob hasn't noticed yet and I haven't told Brandee.


He’s a genius. She’s a genius. Geniuses all sharing quality time at Mommy and Me music class...

The rest of your life begins the second you cross the finish line.


If you thought young adult books were only for young adults, think again! We love reading them. Here are our top picks.

If they eat your heart for breakfast, warm / with a heaping scoop of brown sugar.


I was told all wild, gleaming, / snapping things were meant to be catalogued / and called like chants ...


Nothing in its belts or pistons / gives it power to recall / the sleepover birthday guests in / its bouncing backseat ...


The Fates tell me my life story one hot summer night, in a brightly-lit operating theatre.


late summer in the city / the block is hot / and fires are everywhere.

Spineless is both a delightful deep dive into ocean science and a compelling memoir about parenting and finding your creative voice.


Dell'Antonia spoke to Courtney Hanna-McNamara … about finding a new kind of happiness away from the pressure and prestige of writing the news.

O'Connell's irreverence pops the lofty bubble of preconceptions about how a loving mother is supposed to feel or act.


Harrington is smart enough to know that motherhood is simply an entrance to personhood.