Literary Mama writing about the many faces of motherhood
Poetry
2017
Each of His Cries Is a Different Color
Grandmommy
To the Woman Who Stopped Her Car to Scream at Me at the Bus Stop
The Echo
Stray
Five Weeks
Polemic
if i have a daughter who is anything like me
To Mis-Carry
Congratulations!
36 Weeks
The Baby Suddenly Falls
Don’t Cry
Proper Pairs
My Son’s Tattoos
In Your Words
Daddy Catches Lice
Two
In the Bathroom Mirror
Fibroids
Dear Grandpa
The Cold Feel of the Forks and Knives
that furious force
Braiding
Mother-Daughter Conversation
Screaming Her Head Off
Summer Day
Twin Birth
Writing in the Kiss-and-Ride Line
The Chronicles (of a Violence Foretold)
This Word
No
Goodnight Moon Sonnet
Lament
I Kept a Beach Day from 2002
Maceo’s Mouth
Capital I
Thursday Morning, Early, with Fog
Measuring for Hours
Night Waking
Come Lay Your Hands
Red Beaded Gumbo Prayers
Smock
Giving Birth, in December
Snow Angels
Bequest for My Son
Unsolicited Advice to a Facebook Mom
A Geometry of Falling
2016
Sharp Star
I Tell My Son Last Kiss
When I Do My Daughter’s Hair Something Inside Me Sings
Closely Knit
Permanently Reserved Space
112 Miles from Karnes Immigrant Detention Center, Karnes City, Texas
Doorway of the Mother
Prima Materia
Moon Hunters
Week 20
How to Be Fertile
Piñata Uterus
On First Looking at an Ultrasound
Gazing Across Venous Lake
Nascence
How to Be a Mother Again
To a Son, Before His Birth
An Army of One
Audrey on Her Bike in June
Catching the School Bus
Visiting Your Child’s Chosen College
Beneath Glass
… don’t spoil her …
Home
The Dog in the Desert
Cutting Back the Fig
Mourning, with Hummingbirds
First Memory
Unsent letter to my son’s birthmother on his birthday
Swedish Spoon
Mornings
Woolen Hat
Like an Ear
9 Billion Hotdogs
Alphabet for the Stay-at-Home Parent
The body’s deepest structure, dancing
Signature
Motherese
Sylvia Plath’s Last Motherly Acts
You look like you’re five
Communion
Sisyphusian Condition
Gigantomachy
Addition
A Good Day
Cold Coffee
Woman’s Work
Yard Duty
First Snow
Pantoum of Divided Attention
The Velocity of Moving Objects
To My Son on the Morning of His Scholastic Aptitude Test
Bottlecaps
2015
This is Not a Pipe / Ceci n’est pas une Pipe
River, River
Girls Running to Mommies
Amazons, at Eleven
What the Instructions Said
Cucumbers, Red Onions, Vinegar—
Before Leaving
The Humming
Two Olives, Please
Twice Buried
a state incompatible with life
The Game of Life
The World Moves Too
The Bluest Glow
Uncharted
Em-Oh-Em
Sofia in the Garden
Call and Response
Agent
Blooms
Needle Through Leather
HOWL: for new mamas
Postcards from my Childhood
Suitcase
my sunset
Two Poems
Two Poems
Midday in Spring
Survivors of Child Abuse Support Group
Two Become Three in Lima, Peru
Two Poems
Their Infinite Questions
Keeping Company with the Figment of Blue
Rocks
When my four-year-old asks mama will me and Opal die one day
Two poems
2014
Memoir of Another World
Baby Loves Trucks
I put down everything
Two poems
Don’t Forget
East River Courtship
Everything Is Possible
Psychology of a Daughter
Nesting Dolls
Two poems
The Beautiful Unnamed
In Parentheses
After
Two poems by Gabriella Belfiglio
Miscarriage
In the Library Bathroom, 2010
When Wednesday’s Visions Come in Color
For the Daughter I Can’t Have
Breaking the Broken Things
Rainbow Stickers
Mommy
Wyatt at 7
A Mother’s Soliloquy
Abecedarian on Knowing Where to Look
The Sound of Mattie Leaving Home
Rosey, Leaving
Motherhood Koan
Arrival
Different
A Prayer for My Unemployed Son
Expression
Recognition
Hunting Goldfish
Arriving Late to the Orchard
Grace
Three Poems
Geese and B Is for Bird
Why We Tell Them the Truth
A Letter to Mary
Now and & Co.
Halfway
Fatherly Fear: For Allen Qing Yuan and My Photo: For Yuan Hongqi
Carpe Diem
Becoming and The Game
Hippocampus
Hazel’s Birth
Zuihitsu for My Mother After Becoming a Mother
Normalize
Sixth Day
The Best Things Come from Little Rock, AR
Four Poems
Astronomical Spring
Riddle
9 months after
My son has been abducted by aliens
His Currency
After the Diagnosis
Intervention
Lost
Fast Forward
The Way We Were
Pillow Talk
Preadolescence
Green Tea
Moving
Empty House
Love as Though
The Girl Who Lives in the Keyhole
2013
Sunday Night Dinner
Ballroom Dance Morning
Echoes
Gestures
Story
Picasso
Wood and Clay
Handicap
Broken
Two Poems
Enough
Short Duet / Dualities
Figs
Objects
Water Children
The Three Babies
What You Do
My Pretty
Scrim
Hemming Xartan’s Cape
At Home with Young Children
Rescued Barbie
Sonnet for Arran
Superman Steps Down
Anybody’s Animal
Play Nice
Respect for Life
How to Spackle and Sand
Exodus
santan flower
Exchanges
Out the Window
Mother as Lint
The Lizard Escapes in Grass
Strength
Rocking Chair
Shelled
Each Jar Tied with Bright Red Ribbon
The News
Labor
Closet Skeleton
After the Divorce
Contraction
compliment
Hunger
Simple Gifts
The Shower
Geodes
My Mother Drove a Race Car
Mother and Daughter, July 2008
The Bouquet
To My Mother, at Fifty
Generations
Cosmology
Birthday
Late April, Early May
Supermarket Lingerie
Blighted Ovum
Old School Baptist Churchyard
Hopewell, NJ
Pacifier Ode
New Mother Blues
Weaning: Burial
Weaning: Hurricane
Weaning: God
Weaned
An Occasional Elegy for Milk
Firstborn
Fish-eye
Menagerie
Forever
The terror is in the way it holds you.
Skipping Rocks on Lake Superior
Her Mother Confesses
Nature Walk
Aria
2012
8-year-old Buddha
Two Sweet Things
On the Interstate
How to Love
You Are Dismissed
Children’s Hospital, 2011
Good Poem
Morning
Weekday Morning Litany
Impregnate me please
Renaming the Newborn
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Anjali
XXIX
Untitled
Sunday Dinner
Animation Moms
The Ladder
Ash Wednesday
Rice Noodles
Interlude
Intersection
Daughter Heart
Boy’s First March
And My Love Goes with You
Approaching Monday
Turning It Over
What If Engulfed
Long View
Let’s Call This What It Is
Our Dad
his process
In the Waiting Room
Lullaby (for a husband)
Pitcher (for my husband)
Venture
My Cool-Jew Dad
Daughters
Mother-in-Law
Long Ago, Home
Care
Mother’s Day Love Poems
Zygotes, Hatched and Delivered
5 weeks
Pregnant Lady Be Ready
Testing
Pregnant
Yet to Be Born
Son
What Came to Mind When the Teacher Told Us to Write about Being American After Haiti, After Struggles for Democracy in the Middle East, After Japan and in the Midst of an Economic Downturn.
Broken Things
Broken Season
Venice, Acqua Alta
Washington, D.C.
Persephone, Marooned in the Underworld
Joy Empties, Refills
Stomp
The Thought of You
Waiting Area, Children’s Hospital, Boston
2011
Wendy Lady
Sunday Morning Miracles
The Secret Life of a Vanishing Dream
Animal Crackers
Runaway Women
Narration of Plastic Lizards
The Fight for Freedom and Love on a City Sidewalk
A Letter from Tigress, the Pit Bull
Untitled
Stall and Style
Simon Says in the Shopping Mall
Leah on Politics
Half of Infinity
March 16, 2 p.m.
he left her with so little
Petition
Eclipse
Stasis
Eight Haiku
At the Scene
The Child Behind the Wall
Mizuko Jizo
Come to Dust
Humpty Dumpty in the Wall
Motherhood
9 and a 1/2 Months
Without a map
In the Bathroom: A Play in Ten Acts
Love Talk
Mother and Son at Hockey Practice
Quiet, Mama
The Real Ghostbusters: Egon and Peter vs. Fallujah
After the Playground
His Mother Speaks
Birthday
Still Life
The Language of Light
Lullaby
Eastern Tent Caterpillar Moth
The Poem Is Interrupted
The ABCs of Parenting
Paperboy
If You Give a Man Some Nookie
The Hymn
My Mother Is So Weird
After Birth
On the Front Porch at Midnight
Wild Flower or Faded Wreath
On Change
Easter Island
All Souls
February
Green Bones
Metamorphosis
Age Five in the Afternoon
Mother of Invention
Timing Giants
Nursing Barbie
Criminal Justice Syllogism
Comrades in a Suburban Flower Garden
The Tulips Have Good News:
A Kindergartener in Spring
Apron Strings
regular
Wise
Aldo’s Crying
The Art of Not Knowing
Clay People
Ut Ut Ut. Tha.
In the Flower Garden
Mother’s Day at the Blackjack Table
Telescopes
Mother Love
A Red Wagon for Sean
2010
The Undressing
Boy at Play
Lesson on Carrying
On Our Way Back from the Compost Heap Tonight
The In-Laws for Christmas Dinner
She’s Seven
The Ferris Wheel
Son,
Little Darling
Found Poem
Miscarriage (1)
Premature
The Spot
Tomatoes
April Storm
A Day by the Numbers
Reading Billy Collins’ “The Names” with My Daughter
Coloring in College
The Slide
Reading in Bed
the alphabet of deseret
On His Second Birthday
Retching
Washing My Daughter’s Soiled Underwear in the Snow
Spider eyes
Alien Fist
On taking the Boston Red Line from the MFA
Vasilissa’s Doll
Real Boy
Leah on Shopping
Field Trip
Poem to My Seven-Month-Old Daughter Ending with Two Slightly Altered Sentences from The Book Thief
gift of youth
Swallowing Tires
Libation
Undressing Vedan
Responsibility
Daughter/Mother and A Hare at Dusk
Walking
The Road to Hell Is Paved
One Hundred and Two Degrees
The ladies’ quilting club is out today,
How to Be Alone
Tree
Scenes from the Pediatric ER
Oh, No.
Unexpected
The Apiary
Peek-a-boo Baby
Claire in a Swing
Summer Solstice
Dragged at Dusk from the Park
Brevity
Pantoum
Lost
Pregnancy and Baby Songs
Josie and the Goose
it has a mind of its own
2009
My Daughter in the Garden
prayer
Cataract
Padded Walls
Afternoon Nap
The Last Bath of the First Snow
Mother-Son Dance at the Elementary School
Junk food poem
Tea Party
Engorged
Untitled
Caramel Macchiato
I Am a Fever
The Growing Mound
I am. Still.
Until I Do Not
The Muse Gets Angry Before Leaving for School
Motherhood is cruel
Alphabet Bag
Last week Charlotte went to college
Let Go
My Indigo Child
Placenta, encapsulated
Michaela’s Song
Dallas Delivery
Mothchild
Memory
Night Mothers
Achilles’ Heel
Fever Fugue
The Perks of Not Standing Up
The Baby Peeled the Clock Today
My daughter, four, confronts autumn and all its contradictions
A Bag of Green Apples
Upon Discovering My Wife Curled on a Dog Towel in the Downstairs Bathroom During My Fifth Month of Pregnancy
Tooth Fairy
Morning Ride
Penny Horse
Measurements
holding my son at 2 a.m.
Shavuot (First Fruits)
Mother Less, Mother More
Wrestling the Octopus
Presage
Penny Alchemy
Never Done
The Things We Do for Love
In the path of Mary
Winter Bath
Given
Bear
Hope Universal
What Will We Do This Morning
Fabrication
Happy National Poetry Month!
Curious George Flees Over the Prison Wall
Tuesday Mornings
Meditation on a broken child, var. 2
Sweat Test for Cystic Fibrosis
I Talk with My Friend by Canopic Jars
Meeting the Train
The Cardinal
My Mother’s Chest
My turn
Seven-year-olds
To Two Teenage Girls Playing with One Another’s Hair in the Back of My Classroom
Childhood Curiosity
An Expectant Mother’s Motion Parallax
I Am from Everywhere
2008
Reading SkippyJon Jones at Bedtime Is Suddenly Not Enough
Some Villanelles Go Nowhere
At the End of the Day
Barren
Mother
Numina
Natural Balance
Wild Craft
Lulled By
Should Have Been
Wish List
Five Seeds
Kitchen Daffodils
Cookie Bakers
Eaten Alive
In the Kitchen
Poem to Myself
Individuation
Teaching Luca Mr. Potato Head
At Chess Camp Picking Up My Daughter
Nap, Interrupted
Apiarial
kindness
To My Daughter, After a Fight
Swimming (Stretchmarks)
Dead Man’s Float
How to disappoint your mother
The Last Page
Christina
Iron
Ethan and Lily, After School
Mom Art
so much deepens
pieces of a liquid puzzle
Rain
Turn the Fire Off
Skating with Tropes
Ogunquit
Learning to Paint at Age 45
Phases
Tangled
Seraphim
The Trajectory of Her Legs
The Sonogram Technician
The Bath
Quickening
A Birthday in the Making
Guitar Lessons
Rage
$1,000 down
The Mystery of Footprints
Suburbia
2007
The Seven-Year-Old
Like Lambs
Do Not
When My Son Sees Me Through the Window
When You Go, What Will You Leave?
Flight of Fancy
Family Reunion
The Grandmother at the Ends of the Earth
Waiting, at 30 weeks
Being Pregnant
What You Wanted
Her Broken Ticking Clock
Eclipse Box
Preschool
Sins of Omission: Remembrance for a Birthday
Kindergarten Haircut
September Will Find Us
Another Winter Night
What You Lose If You Use Water as a Preservative
Short Tantrum on a Long Afternoon
Working Hands
Never
Miracle
Extinct
before father’s day
[untitled]
A Perfect Pair
bone of my bone
Chaos Theory
Two Beams of Fragile Light
I Chew on My Dog Driver
Demolition
Teresian Wells
And One More Mommy
planning
To My Third Child (A Son, Unborn)
Now Appearing
Step Parent (choir)
Almost Mine
She Is Four Months Old
A Poem Written in Ezra’s Sleep
Cold Sprite, Please, with a Side of Potatoes and Fraggles
La Llorona
SIDS
Matrioshka Dolls
Mid-Claire
Mother/Daughter Day
The Ripe Time
Birth in the Squatting Position
What I Would Show Her
2006
Air show on evening news
The Thing About Summer, or: On Having Visited Fort Ticonderoga Seven Times Since June
When He Returns
This
The wind is hymning the trees to readiness
Picnic in July
Born
Biological Determinism
proof
Women’s Work
At Bedtime
she would rather change her bones
Two Discoveries
Waiting for the Bus
Rapunzel’s Mother
Stillbirth
She
Betrayal
Demeter Takes Her Daughter to School
Today, She Arrived
Abortion (Like Motherhood) Changes Nothing
Six
Special Relativity
His mother
Too Much Work
Her Colors
Fireflies
After Pregnancy
Tender Button
Après Moi
Hush Little Baby
New Mother Alone
Big Woman
Stigmata
Errour’s Tale
Open Wide
Room for Two in the Blue Canoe
Poem for My Father
Telling Eileen
pregnancy
To the Father My Daughters Do Not Have,
Word-Girl
Plague
Tropical March
Loss
Mother
To Grandma Neva
My Life in Pajamas
Heart of Morning
Untitled
Sleep
Daybreak
Ironing Sheets
As I Walk
The Prodigal Wife
The Moth-Eaten World
Namaste
Legacy
Her Hands
On Science
Why I Didn’t Write a Poem
Phone Marrow
Home, I Say
I Will Hold You
The Book of Sleep (XXV)
2005
Singing as He Does
Boundary Man
Nighttime in the Country of New Mothers
Three Orange Nasturtiums
Ivory Bill
Lila: Found Poem
Unearthed
The Fight
Inkblot
Dishes
Walking Backward
Night-Night
She Rote
Fibonacci Numbers
Nameless Almost First
Birth, Still
Child of My Heart
This Is The Son
To the Baby Upstairs
Beautiful Daughter
Like an Old Lover
Pantry
The Night We Decide on Divorce
nighttime with dorothea
5:30 a.m. and inside the house
The Impatient Mother
Son of a Bitch
No!
Perspective
Redemption
Downstream
When I Awake, Daughter, What Matters
Dreams for Them
Preschool
Pregnancy
Through This
Layette
Outside Womb
Family Photo, 1975
maybe sometime snowflakes
Caught Before Flight
mother love
Fuel
Between Us
sacred ground
Mama’s Orange Robe
Circus Clown: Part I
Nebraska
Vigil at Four Months
Way to Go
Motherless World
Casi’s Face
At A Distance, Imperfectly
Wiping Bums
My Baby, Napping
Sweet dreams
Dressing
Diary of a Young Mother
Rules for New Parents
Mesozoic Mama
Packing the Car
All That There Is
Hospital Quartet
Festival
Swimming Lessons
Imagine if He Did
Babysitting
2004
Shared Custody
Necessary Turns
Meeting the Horizon with Connor at Nine Months
Overheard at Play Group
Fertility Restored
Lifeblood
Verses for the Early Child
Matinal
LiLi
Alterations
Testing the Seams
My Skin Became a Touchable Thing
Boyish Dreams of Manhood
Best Home
Daughter
Daddy Lover
It Could Be Me
Lesson from a Poet
Playthings of the Gods
Born
White Clouds on Blue Sky
Answers
The Juggler
The Goddess of Destiny
Woman Fables
The Carol Lawrence School of Dance
Sanctuary
Family Bed
Three Sons and a Cow
Moods (14 years old)
Edge of the Nest
See That?
Boy Child
Something New Under the Moon
Third Month
Not Mom
Thirteen Ways of Looking at Elmo
I tell my daughter
Miscarriage of an English Teacher
Grasping at Ghosts
Passage
Daughter
The Way Up Is the Way Down
Mouth
Sepia Photo — One-Room Schoolhouse 1917
Children Dancing
Alternation of Generation
Museum Piece
Dreaming the Meuse Lizard
Song for the first, when first conceived (of)
Old Body
Scottie
The Glossy Bodies of Peppers
Matermorphosis
Mommies
Seeing Babies
Weaning
Why I Write in the Bathroom Closet
Holy Water
And Still I Have Loved
Ghost Season
After The Bath
Mothering by Scent
The Vigil: A Pantoum
What Would Betty Do?
2003
Mother of Alphabets
The Beginning
Pushing 7 1/2, Falling into 8
The Quickening
Mothers Song
The Beginnings of Rain
Visiting My Daughter, an Exchange Student in Spain
To the Woman Who Left Her Old Age To Someone Older Than She Will Ever Be
Dream of the Night Key
My Middle Daughter, on the Edge of Adolescence, Learns to Play the Saxophone
Four a.m.
Morgans
Eclipse
Fan
Snow Plant
Slipping
Blowing Soap Bubbles
The Blue Snake Lies Curled in my Bowl Like Oatmeal
Perennial