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Mother's Day: Writing Prompt

Updated: May 20, 2023

I read so many wonderful poems when I went looking (in my collection of poems and poetry books and on online in journals), and am sorry I cannot share them all. Here are a few of the ones I truly adore, with links, so you can also check them out. (Others will end up in my blog in the future.)

Fiction involving mothers? Oh, yeah--I've got that, too.

Short Stories


The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich

Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin

Beloved by Toni Morrison

The Mother's Recompense by Edith Wharton

The Good House by Tananarive Due

The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

Every Last One by Anna Quindlen

The School for Good Mothers by Jessamine Chan

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

Those Bones Are Not My Child by Toni Cade Bambara

White Oleander by Janet Fitch

Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers

The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver

Everything My Mother Taught Me by Alice Hoffman

The Good Mother by Sue Miller

Things We Left Unsaid by Zoya Pirzad

I am reining it in (or trying to--this section started with just 3 books, but I had to add 2 more)! Here are just five of the nonfiction books about mothers that I recommend:

The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio by Terry Ryan

Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt

Sickened: The Memoir of a Munchausen by Proxy Childhood by Julie Gregory

Searching for Mercy Street by Linda Gray Sexton

All That She Carried by Tiya Miles

Okay, okay, that's enough! Here's your prompt:

After reading today's blog poem and Wednesday's blog poem and all of the literature listed above (KIDDING about that third step!), write a piece (poem, story, essay, etc.) about being a mother, not being a mother, having a mother, being pregnant, giving birth, being born, having a miscarriage, having an abortion, losing a mother, the language of motherhood, how motherhood is presented in a capitalist society, famous mothers in popular culture, a portrait of your mother before she was a mother, an ekphrastic piece based on a Mary Cassatt painting, the history of Mother's Day, issues affecting mothers with special needs, etc.

If you would like to challenge yourself a bit more, use these words/do these things in your piece:

use the words murky, soundproof, hairy, force, migrate, add, doorknob, fire, splendid

mention someone being 15 years of age

refer to a trip

describe shoes

Have fun! Happy Mother's Day!

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