Sage Hill Press and the Get Lit! Festival launched All We Can Hold, a collection of poetry on motherhood. The volume features work by Sherman Alexie, Kathleen Flenniken, Terry Martin, Katrina Roberts, Martha Silano, Dorianne Laux, Malena Mörling, Freya Manfred, and others.
All We Can Hold was co-edited by Emily Gwinn and Elise Gregory.
The genesis of a “motherhood” poetry collection came when we had trouble finding one. Motherhood essays are on the shelves, parenting guides, and honeyed collections of mothering exist. We needed, and we believe others need, a range of voices about what it means to be mother: witching-hour poems of sleeplessness, first smiles, miscarriage. The poems of broken windows and broken hearts, of first school and college days. The poems of lament and poems of fulfillment. We hope to serve as a forum for all voices, for we all have a mother.
We want to thank everyone who submitted to this collection. We received over 2,500 poems – and feel privileged and honored to be reading so much exceptional work. Thank you for sharing your words with us.
With so many submissions, we launched an online version of All We Can Hold in April, in connection with the print publication, and will be posting poems online all year long.