Literary Mama writing about the many faces of motherhood

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after Louise Bourgeois, Untitled, 1996, lithograph, woodcut on paper, with hand coloring

We made her the usual way,
with spools and cocoons and a wisp
of frayed thread. That business

about the woof took time.
We spun her up and wondered

whose side is she on, anyway?
Whose eyes and the slouch
of whose shoulders? We loomed

over her day and night, sometimes
offering the wrong thing.

We gave her a name,
a counterpane and a slap,
sang songs about a larva

that were both kind and true.
She wriggled right out

of the swaddling as soon as
we got the story going.

B. K. Fischer is a mother of three living in Sleepy Hollow, New York. Her poems have appeared in The Paris Review, The Hopkins Review, Ekphrasis, Southwest Review, and other journals, and she is a frequent contributor of essays to Boston Review. She is the author of a scholarly study, Museum Mediations: Reframing Ekphrasis in Contemporary American Poetry, and teaches at the Hudson Valley Writers’ Center and the Neuberger Museum of Art.

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