In this month’s column, we suggest titles that both highlight the concept of the modern father as well as those that have helped us understand and write about our own fathers.
Sarah Curtis Graziano
She agonizes daily over things real and imagined: her parents’ bickering, her father’s unrealized dreams as an artist, her mother’s news that she’s pregnant with a baby whom Ramona worries will consume her mother’s love and attention. It often pains me, reading Ramona to my daughters, because I don’t want to believe that my own stalled ambitions and daily grievances affect them so.
Erika D. Walker
We watched Harry grow up and as he did, he discovered something powerful, something deep inside himself.
Cheryl Strayed writes about being embarrassed by her mother’s favorite book, The Novel, in her book, Wild. She later realizes the error in her thinking and becomes ashamed of her own thoughts, that her reading choices are superior. That scene stood out for me as …
Now the daughters have fled to their own faraway lives but their shadows hover. They fall onto the page like old friends, like familiar demons. They carry different weight. They inhabit and pack up quickly. Their lives force a raw edge to my work.
Kathye Fetsko Petrie
I believe a writer is someone who can’t not write. She may stop writing for a while, either voluntarily or involuntarily, but she will always have to return to it, in the same way she could hold her breath, but eventually would have to breathe
April is a month to celebrate poetry—not just the nursery rhymes that we recite for our toddlers, nor the poems that older children bring home from school to memorize.
I am terrifically proud of my little reader. Other, unexpected feelings are at play, however. Becoming a mother has introduced—and reintroduced—a range of emotions which often leave me befuddled.
When my daughter asked through the computer screen if she was pretty, I heard the response in my head, Why do you want to be pretty? I was asking the beginning of the same questions Shakespeare, Ford, and Mantel were asking. Woman, are you having sex? And with whom?
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