In Beyond Rainman, Anne K. Ross ably wields the dual perspectives of mother and professional psychologist, showing from multiple perspectives what autism looks and feels like. As a professional, she observes children on the spectrum hovering at the edges of school playgrounds, while at home, her stomach tightens when she senses her son getting stuck and angry.
Whether Leslie Contreras Schwartz is examining the bodily experience of bearing children, the remembered experience of her own childhood, her present relationship to children, or stories and images of children, they’re presented in continuity. Like fire, childhood exists in a state between, an on-going place where experiences merge and are made from what’s being consumed.
Karen Craigo’s poems walk within memories, where both scarcity and plenty are possible depending on perspective. In poem after poem, Craigo chooses abundance — in kindness, in language, in story.
Sarah Ivens Moffett
In her short stories, Louisa Ermelino beautifully captures, ponders, and shares women’s dilemmas and obstacles on the subject of where one belongs, both figuratively and literally.
The poetry of Ann Tweedy’s The Body’s Alphabet presents the complexity of relationships between mothers and their children from multiple perspectives and connects her readers to “an alphabet only the body can interpret.”
Katherine D. Stutzman
Leslie Lawrence tackles topics as earthly as yard sales, picnics, and childhood dance lessons and as profound as motherhood, identity, and death. They are animated by her honesty and her wonderfully appealing capacity for finding interest and value in everything around her.
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