Literary Mama writing about the many faces of motherhood
When I Awake, Daughter, What Matters

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Not the dream I'd been dreaming
but the marrow of my life like cold snap leaves
-- runes, really, salmon-pink
I swept into gunnysacks with bamboo,
before the water broke, before you were born.


Denise Calvetti Michaels is mother to three daughters, and grandmother to Holden, Calder, and Maizie. Denise teaches psychology and human relations at Cascadia Community College in Bothell, Washington. Her poems have appeared in Crosscurrents, Paterson Literary Review, Literary Mama, and King County Poetry on Buses. Her essay “Polenta” is included in The Milk of Almonds, Italian American Women on Food and Culture published by the Feminist Press, 2002. She was recently admitted into the Rainer Writing Workshop Low-Residency MFA program at Pacific Lutheran University.


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