Artist Juli Cady Ryan delights in the whimsical and writes this about "Gift at Sunset": "Though I never used the stork story for childbirth with my children, I always thought it was such a fun, whimsical story that deserved to be painted. . . . when we see this image, we know exactly what it means."
Juli's work makes me smile, but I realize the desire for motherhood isn't always this light-hearted. For some, it's filled with sadness and loss. For some, there's quiet acknowledgement and acceptance. For others, there is no desire.
If you're familiar with our submission guidelines, you know that we pride ourselves on featuring top-notch writing about the complexities and many faces of motherhood. You may not realize, however, that our editors keep their eyes open, year-round, for writers, books, and creative writing that speak specifically to desire—both the desire to have and the desire not to have children.
From our submission guidelines:
This issue explores issues of primary and secondary infertility; the effects on the human soul of reproductive technologies; concerns about having more children or not having any at all; the relationship of caregivers to the mothering role and their desires for mothering; and more.
I hope you'll find yourself in the pages of this issue and in the archives of our past Octobers.
Welcome to this year's selections of Desiring Motherhood.
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So Much Water by Julia MacDonnell
How to be Fertile by Elizabeth Garcia
Piñata Uterus by Talya Jankovits
On First Looking at an Ultrasound by Zola Gonzalez-Macarambon
Gazing Across Venous Lake by Julie Paul
Nascence by Missy Rose
How to Be a Mother Again by Kim Drew Wright
A Review of Louder Than Everything You Love by Alyse Bensel
Images by Gioia Albano, Lois Ruskai Melina, Juli Cady Ryan, Heather Vrattos, and Shelly Wason