motherhood

The Purported Last Words of Ruth Blay

The Purported Last Words of Ruth Blay 1920 930 Erin Emily Ann Vance

Tell me where I’ll be hanged. The elm? The gallows? The balcony of my lover’s home? Don’t let my students watch, don’t let the girls see. I haven’t yet taught…

On Suffering, From a Mother of Four to St. Catherine of Sienna

On Suffering, From a Mother of Four to St. Catherine of Sienna 1440 1920 Renee Emerson

“I have always long to suffer for God and His Church” – St. Catherine of Sienna When you told the Pope to “be a man,” what did you know of…

Ghazal with reference to Sylvia Plath

Ghazal with reference to Sylvia Plath 1920 1319 Sneha Subramanian Kanta

A part of your body ached, the doctor pressed it. Said—fine here, take these, Sylvia. But you replaced the pills with music. Fine. You knew enough to be a woman,…

Upon a Time

Upon a Time 1920 1080 Jessie Lynn McMains

I’ll tell you a tale that begins upon a time when I was a wee slip like you, loves, the backyards and vacant lots dripped lousy with lightningbugs. I called…

How to weave a blanket out of horsehair and spidersilk

How to weave a blanket out of horsehair and spidersilk 1920 1080 Sonja Swift

Smothered by sun and time / one sun drunk lizard / and me with my belly exposed / pine wood rounds / tree rings naked and orange / sap the…

Stains

Stains 3872 2592 Meagan Lucas

Between contractions, Annabelle watched the shadows flicker across the ceiling. Candles were impractical for an event such as this, but the electricity had gone out yet again, and the Morrison…