She wanted to work in the medium of words. Before the Razor of "Your Mother"

Click here to read “Your Mother” by Katharyn Howd Machan.

In March of 2015 a wonderful and seasoned artist named Carla joined me in my annual writing workshop in Key West because she wanted to work in the medium of words. In talking of deep difficulties with her mother all of her life, she shared with me the stories that are the core of my poem. After I wrote it awhile later, I was hesitant to show it to her, fearing she might resent my appropriation, but instead she said, “Katharyn, THANK you for HEARING me!”

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