#WhatMothersWithhold by #ElizabethKropf

The poems of “what mothers withhold” are songs of brokenness and hope in a mother’s voice, poems of the body in its fierceness and failings. Elizabeth Kropf’s poems revel in peeling back silence, and invite us to witness a complicated and traumatic world that is also filled with love.

–Cindy Huyser, poet and editor, author of “Burning Number Five: Power Plant Poems.”

With these visceral poems, poet and mother Elizabeth Kropf has composed a chant of the vocabulary of vulnerability. From fertility to conception to birth—or not—and into motherhood, Kropf’s recounting of her experiences compels the reader to enter and acknowledge the power of what mothers endure and withhold.

–Anne McCrady, author of Letting Myself In and Along Greathouse Road


I wish for chocolate chip cookies warm.

I wish to dip them in milk.

Cow’s milk – because there is no lactose

intolerance in dreams.



(@FLPress, 4 January 2021, ebook, 80 pages, #ARC from the publisher and voluntarily reviewed, blog tour 7 January via @PoeticBookTours)




This is my first time reading the poet. I really enjoyed the poems in this collection. The poems explore the wide-ranging theme of motherhood and all this encompasses, touching on relationships, childhood and memories. The poems are heartfelt, stirring and very personal. I felt like I was intruding at times on personal memories. The best poems are Chocolate Chip Cookies With Madeline L-Engle, Heel-Click, Stir and Her Alone.


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