Morning Song, Poems for New Parents

About the Book

Poignant, inspiring, and full of wisdom, Morning Song celebrates the joy a new child brings to the life of parents and family. With sources ranging from the Bible, Sappho, and the traditional songs to Dickinson, Yeats, Frost, and our outstanding contemporary poets, this beautiful collection summons the cosmic and the comic, the spiritual and the pragmatic, the whimsical and the divine.

It is a collection unlike any other. For all the advice available for those having children one essential thread has been left out – the thread that only poetry can provide. It is by the distilled and intimate language of the heart that we are truly invited to share and contemplate human experience.

Listen to Susan Todd discuss Morning Song with WFCR's Susan Kaplan, broadcast on May 18th and 19th, 2011.

“The poet holds the mirror that reflects the true shape and touch and taste and sound of all the things that bind us together and keep us apart. The poet’s work is putting silence around everything worth remembering …”

Natalie Merchant from Introduction, “Leave Your Sleep” booklet

With the responsibility of opening every aspect of the world for a child, parents can take comfort in the knowledge that they are understood, that they are not alone, and that among their most enduring resources is poetry. Morning Song speaks to the inner life of mothers and fathers, to all who care and love children, and really to everyone remembering their own childhood.

The table of contents reflects the scope of this collection and the breadth of the parenting experience.

Conception and Grace
Birth Day
Newest Child
Sleep and Song
At Play
Green and Carefree
Wisdom and Courage
Of Night and Light and Half-Light
Imagination and Memory
To Arrive Where We Started

Fortunately, in the midst of all the crowded days of parenthood, there is always time to read a poem. Our hope is that Morning Song will become a treasured companion for all the hours and moods of waiting and caring for a child over many years, but most especially during the wonder-filled momentous beginning – the welcoming of a new life.

“Poetry should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost as a Remembrance.”

John Keats

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