Featured: Week of May 6 (Mother’s Day)

By on May 7, 2013 in Issue Archives

Mother's Day over roses and clouds

In recognition of Mother’s Day, which is coming up on Sunday, May 12, this week we are featuring a range of pieces about mothers and motherhood:

Nymph in the Bathtub,” an essay by Lynne Huffer, delves into the mixed emotions of a daughter whose mother is dealing with a medical problem.

Nature’s New Generation,” a flash-humor piece by Jennifer A. Powers, delivers a clever punch line.

Mother Psalm 3,” a poem by Rachel Barenblat, contemplates the experience of a baby in the womb.

Choking Up,” a short story by Melissa Pheterson, shows how mothering habits can be passed down from generation to generation.

Multiplication,” a short story by Kate Baggott, tells the story about how one mother of two re-discovered her creative life.

If…Dog…Rabbit,” a poem by Marilyn Ringer, depicts the all-too-common fears of mothers when children assert their independence.


Alyce Wilson is the editor of Wild Violet and in her copious spare time writes humor, non-fiction, fiction and poetry and infrequently keeps an online journal. Her first chapbook, Picturebook of the Martyrs; her e-book/pamphlet, Stay Out of the Bin! An Editor's Tips on Getting Published in Lit Mags ; her book of essays and columns, The Art of Life; her humorous nonfiction ebook, Dedicated Idiocy: How Monty Python Fandom Changed My Life, and her newest poetry collection, Owning the Ghosts, can all be ordered from her Web site, AlyceWilson.com. In late 2019, she published a volume of poetry by her third great-grandfather, Reading's Physician Poet: Poems by Dr. James Meredith Mathews, which also contains genealogical information about the Mathews family. She lives with her husband and son in the Philadelphia area and takes far too many photos of her handsome, creative son, nicknamed Kung Fu Panda.