Literary Mama writing about the many faces of motherhood
Alphabet for the Stay-at-Home Parent

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An abacus arrived at abeyance.
Bobbled-headed. Bitter but bright.
Claustrophobic cacophony. Causing crushing.
Death-defying. Dyspepsia. Dustpan.
Easy exercise. Enormous errors.
Fossilization. Feeling fortunate. Fantasy.
Goddammit/gosh goodness. Gaffes galore.
Hate hamburgers, hate hot dogs. Hysterectomy.
Igloos. Idolatry. Identity crisis.
Juice. Jousting. Joy.
Karate kicks. Knackered.
Lapsing laughter. Lacking like.
Me. Mine. Mentholated.
Opining. Obviously ordinary.
Polemical Pop Tarts.
Ridiculous rooster-rising. Rage.
Sorry, so sorry. Sitting. Sobbing. Silence.
Tremendous theater-of-the-trite.
Underneath umbrellas. Uneasy urges.
Virulent vigilance. Victorious vanishing.
Xylophone-pounding X-chromosome. X-rated (e)xpletives.
Yoked. Yielding. Yard. Yearning.
Zoo. Zoloft. Zanzibar. Zen. Zenith.


Jennifer O’Grady is an award-winning poet and playwright, and the mother of two teenagers. She is the author of White, winner of the Mid-List Press First Series Award for Poetry. Her poems have been anthologized and featured in Harper’s, The New Republic, Poetry Daily, The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor, and numerous other places. Her plays include Charlotte’s Letters (Semifinalist for the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s 2016 National Playwrights Conference); Paranormal Love (MTWorks NewBorn Festival and a Finalist for the 2015 NewVember New Plays Festival); and Quasars, represented in The Best Women’s Stage Monologues 2014; among others.

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