Fairy tales, myth and folklore have an emotionally complex tradition relating to the archtype of the mother and the daughter-- and no wonder as so many of the story tellers were women who straddled both roles as daughter and then mother. When mothers are powerful how do daughter's find their own identites? When mothers are dangerous, how do daughters survive? And when mothers are loving teachers, what are the lessons a daughter learns? We have selected handful of poems from our Poetry Archive that look at the relationships between these ambiguous mothers and the responses of their daughters.
Holly Black: "The Bone Mother"
Carolyn Dunn: "Spider Woman"
Nan Fry: "From Persephone's Letters to Demeter"
Jeaninne Hall Gailey: "Conversations with the Stepmother"
Jeaninne Hall Gailey: "The Selkie's Wife Daughter"
Theodora Goss: "The Bear's Daughter"
Wendy McVicker: "A Daughter's Tale"