Poetry in America

Poems about Motherhood by Sharon Olds and Bernadette Mayer

02/25/2022 | 25m 38s | Video has closed captioning.

Sharon Olds’s “The Language of the Brag” and Bernadette Mayer’s “The Desires of Mothers to Please Others in Letters” are exuberant, boisterous tributes to motherhood. Both poets join host Elisa New, actor Donna Lynne Champlin, writer Emily Oster, activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali, obstetrician Lorna Wilkerson, and co-founders of Our Bodies Ourselves to explore the miracle, and mess, of creating new life.

Aired: 02/25/22

Expires: 02/25/29

Rating: TV-MA

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