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Literary Mama Rewind: Mother’s Day

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Welcome to Literary Mama Rewind! Every few weeks we'll round up some of our favorite essays, stories, poems, columns and reviews from the Literary Mama archives relating to a particular theme. In May we celebrate Mother's Day. But at Literary Mama we celebrate mothers every day of the year. Whether you're a birth mama, a stepmama, a mother-in-law, a grandmother, an adoptive mama, a mama-to-be or any other kind of mama, we hope you'll enjoy this collection of readings that reflect on the spirit of motherhood.


Photo by Amanda K. Jaros

  • Essential Reading: Mother's Day by Libby Maxey in Literary Reflections
    Celebrating Mother’s Day at Literary Mama means celebrating all the mothers that literature has to offer—the good, the bad, the relatable, the hard-bitten, the struggling, the comical, the fearful, the mildly crazy, and every other kind, too.



  • You Have Struck A Rock: Women’s Day in South Africa by Katherine J. Barrett from the Column Mother City Mama
    Women's Day, August 9, has been a South African public holiday since 1994 but the significance of the date extends back to 1956. On August 9 of that year, 20,000 women marched into Pretoria, to the seat of the oppressive, sometimes violent, pro-apartheid National Party. They stood in silent protest for thirty minutes, many carrying children on their back, and laid petitions of over 100,000 signatures at the Prime Minister's door.


  • First Mother's Day by Rachel Iverson from the Column Mother and Other
    Tangled technicolor cords bleed over my arm. They are fastened to my yellow hospital gown with a crunch of white medical tape. The cords are attached at one end to monitors, IV stands, and a ventilator. The other end is attached to my son. Today is Mother's Day, 2000.


  • Step 10: Mother's Day Leftovers by Anonymous from the Column 12-Step Mama
    It's the morning after Mother's Day and here I sit, chin in hands, reeling with an emotional hangover.


  • Mother's Day Love Poems by Kara Bachman in Poetry
    1. Mother has eyes that draw me in. Like a fish on a squiggly-wormed line, I cannot escape, do not think of escape.



  • In My Mother's Garden by Becky Tipper in Creative Nonfiction
    It has been a year since she died. It's the strangest thing to have become a mother just as I lost my own mother; only the tiniest sliver of time where I was both mother and mothered.

Amanda Jaros is a freelance writer living in Ithaca, NY. Her essay “Blood Mountain” won the 2017 Notes From the Field contest at Flyway Journal. Other work has appeared in numerous journals and magazines including, NewfoundLife in the Finger Lakes Magazine, Highlights for Children, and Cargo Literary. She holds an MFA in creative nonfiction from Chatham University.

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