Posts Tagged: parenting

Dead Name

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In the Parenting Transgender Children support groups I belong to on Facebook, we refer to our previous-gendered child’s birth name as Dead Name.

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Body Fluids: An Exploration of Motherhood

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I think fresh semen smells like aspirin, which is made from a mold that grows on birch trees, which of course are phallic.

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Guns or No Guns: Mental Health Crisis in Schools

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I do the best I can to reach out to those I see isolated or disturbed, but I have to also be careful I don’t make myself a target.

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Rumpus Exclusive: “In the Kitchen”

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Women grooming their daughters to be good housewives teach them how to cook, no? A woman grooming her daughter to be something else in the world would keep her out of the kitchen.

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The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat with Sarah Blake

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Sarah Blake discusses her new collection, Let’s Not Live on Earth, questions in poems, monsters, and the challenge of writing a dystopia.

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Rivers of Babylon: The Story of a Third-Trimester Abortion

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She said something to me, then, that has been a great comfort. “You had a choice,” she said, “but you did not have free will.” A choice that was no choice at all.

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Voices on Addiction: Dead Eyes and Bob Barker Crocs

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Broken people are drawn to other broken people. Comparing scars. Laying belly to belly. Two similar pieces of different puzzles.

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A Desi Win: Trust No Aunty by Maria Qamar

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What started off as a coping mechanism to deal with the widening generational gap within immigrant families, Qamar has shaped into a new philosophy for cultural in-betweeners.

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Writing into the Void: Talking with Mary Jo Salter

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Mary Jo Salter discusses her latest collection, The Surveyors, writing about the domestic as a feminist act, and how her title poem came from someone else’s dream.

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The Dark All Around Us

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There is still light in the dark. This is the paradox that Little Bear has to accept in order to fall asleep.

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The Thread: Ways of Being Seen

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Can you see it now? Is the image different in your mind yet? A thing you can’t unsee.

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The Miracle Bowl

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Praise the family that tethers me. Praise the well-used kitchen utensils and scoured mixing bowls and butter knives, thick slabs of jelly on the bread.

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It’s Only a Matter of Time: A Conversation with Jack Driscoll

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Jack Driscoll discusses The Goat Fish and the Lover’s Knot, “the impermanence of everything,” and how he chooses his characters’ names.

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What Do I Do With My Fear?: A Conversation with Megan Stielstra

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Megan Stielstra discusses her new essay collection, The Wrong Way to Save Your Life, fear, privilege, and the intersection of politics and everyday life.

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Beneath a Pile of Tulle and Tiaras: Talking with Devorah Blachor

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Devorah Blachor discusses The Feminist’s Guide to Raising a Little Princess, princess culture in America and abroad, and publishing a book on feminism in the current political climate.

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A Hinging Thing: Talking with Maggie Smith

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Maggie Smith discusses her new collection Good Bones, how motherhood has changed her writing, and what it felt like to have a poem go viral.

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