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Overview "Dancing with My Daughter" addresses the unique experience of being a mother to girls. In chapters named for dances, Ferrer explores the different stages of a daughter's life.
Publishers Description In three charming books, author Jayne Jaudon Ferrer offers unforgettable poems and inspirational prayers for new mothers, mothers of girls, and mothers of boys that celebrate the boundless spirit of motherhood.
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Studio: Loyola Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.51" Width: 5.25" Height: 0.5" Weight: 0.39 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2004
Publisher Loyola Press
ISBN 0829417680 ISBN13 9780829417685
Reviews - What do customers think about Dancing with My Daughter: Poems of Love, Wisdom & Dreams?
The Mother-Daughter Dance Mar 31, 2004
Jayne Jaudon Ferrer possesses an unmatchable wit and precision of language which shine through in her latest collection of poems, Dancing with My Daughter: Poems of Love, Wisdom and Dreams. Breaking down the stages of her daughter's development from infancy to adulthood, each phase is represented by a dance: Waltz, Jitterbug, Tango, Samba, and Freestyle.
In the first section, Waltz, she shows a warmth and willingness to raise her daughter with dream-like wonder. Toddlerhood emerges in Jitterbug, and the dreams are less surreal. She tackles reality head on, for instance, in the poem "Mother Magic," which speaks to the heart of motherhood. Ferrer describes her daughter's foul mood as she awakens from her nap. With great triumph, she pulls her daughter out of her "royal huff." All the while, she acknowledges her own mother strength. Her daughter, the "Royal Highness" breaks out of her mood, declaring her ability to break the magic spell "because I am a Princess and I can do anything!" Ferrer looks on and replies inwardly, "Well, well. I am a mother, and I can, too."
Tango and Samba are both heart-breaking and witty. We know our daughters will say they hate us, but we dread the day it arrives. Ferrer removes the chrage of her daughter's emotions with supreme love and banter. Pressing her daughter clean her room, Ferrer treats this common issue with such grace and fun: "fill your ears with the mighty music of the vacuum cleaner, your lungs with the derelict dust of this dreadful domain." The reader can virtually smell the odiferous wet towel seeping mildew into the carpet.
Freestyle witnesses a mother's mixed emotions of letting go and wanting to hold on tight forever. The wisdom she imparts to her daughter as she prepares her wedding is telling of her love and affection. Ferrer's desire to give her daughter the world is palpable throughout the collection. She manages not only to offer up a "place you call Home" for her daughter, but a poetic respite for her readers, too.
The cadance of her poetry resembles a dance. Sometimes it is a Western swing, other times a true waltz. Harmony and discord meet in her lines. Mothers and daughters clash, cry, yell, and console each other through life's passions. Dancing with My Daughter is a wonderful companion for any mother or daughter who dreams big dreams, lives life with passion, and seeks the very best that this world has to offer.
Christine Louise Hohlbaum, American author of Diary of a Mother (2003), SAHM I Am (2005), and "American Housewife Abroad" at AnotherChapter.com, is a freelance writer living near Munich, Germany, with her husband and two children. Visit her Web site at: http://www.DiaryofaMother.com
Dancing with Daughters Mar 21, 2004
I do not usually read poetry. This book was incredible. Each poem hit the mark. The words just flowed. Jayner Ferrer is exceptionally intuitive and a joy to read. I bought this book for my mother and sisters.
A lively dance with a poet Mar 8, 2004
Jayne Jaudon Ferrer is one of those unpretentious poets that zing words straight to the heart. Her poems are very much aimed at the moment, but their lines will linger far beyond the grade school years of our children.
Cleverly arranged in chapters named for dances and dance styles, her newest book plays on the rhythmical interaction between mothers and children. A favorite, "Table Talk," sets up the poem like a multiple choice test, beginning with "Dear Daughter," and offering options in lines like "a)you are not talking to me this week,"/b)there is a telephone in one ear and an earphone in the other..." Most parents on reading lines like that experience an immediate, "I've been there, done that."
Another poem, "Send-off," sets up a premise all parents understand. "I have only two requests:/come home without holes/in your body/(beyond those given you by God),/and keep in mind/that old saying about/nice girls/and newspaper headlines..."
Sprinkled with humor and homily, Dancing with my Daughter can offer pleasure to a parent in a moment of solitude, and double pleasure when read aloud with children. Jayne Jaudon Ferrer's words spill from the pages in the present, but their wisdom will be handed to generation after generation, for such is the nature of poetry inspired by, and understood by, a mother's love.--Kay Day, author, A Poetry Break