Literary Mama writing about the many faces of motherhood
Poetry
2018
Daughter
Girl Child
The Misery of Parenthood
Damage
Mermaid Fins
Birth Plan
At the Parent-Teacher Meeting
The Sorrow of Small Laundry
Birthday Cake
Full Circle
Litany at Birth
Two Sides of Thirteen
Bathing Beauty
Ode to the Poof
Heirlooms
Bruise
The Shape of Uncertain Waiting
Interruption
Early Flight
Trendelenburg
2017
To Ansel on His 1st Birthday
Flower Stalk
The Akedah
the wine I have drunk
Pink
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