House of the Mother
By Susan Bright
Austin Book Award, 1994
This is a gathering of poetry and antique photographs in search of the
healing power of the mother. It takes a hard look at the enormous world
consequence of diminishing her life force, which is the healing and nurturing
part of humanity. There are poems from Bright's work as an educator and
poems that strip bare institutionalized child abuse. There are poems about
the Heartland, America, in the '50s and '60s and poems about how the Mothers
hold our lives together with love, creating relationship--the thread of
"Susan digs down to the dirt to make you see the dark realities of womankind's
struggles from pre-civilization to present day, which I call The Destructive
Era. Images she fills us with: raising our children in a violent world;
the storms of the raging Earth Mother; keeping track of our planetary
brothers and the newest forms of their ideology; women's rights or shall
I say lack of them; how what was happening 100 years ago was woven with
misery, (for misery is always our shadow), the timelessness of racism
. . This book is not to be missed and I sincerely mean it."
Denise Fleischer, "Gotta Write"
Antique photographs, many by James Dwight Safford, the poet's maternal
grandfather. 136 pgs, $14.95, ISBN: 0-911051-79-1.