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After HyunJung Passed Her Prenatal Screening Test

After HyunJung Passed Her Prenatal Screen Test | Yuan Changming | Raising Mothers

 (for all mothers-to-be)

Still a nameless fetus, you are just

Beginning to take a human form

Like a y-shaped sprout breaking soil

In George’s little private garden, but

Your spiritual being has already fully

Bloomed into my poetry, where your

Feminine beauty is to balance all the yin and

Yang in the world of the yuans, where

You will be the first sister and daughter

To nurture my future, extending my lifeline

From my late father to my great great grandchild

A line of words that are heavily stained

With the blood deep from my inner voice


Who made thee, my dear little lamb?

Yuan Changming, 9-time Pushcart nominee and author of 7 chapbooks (including Wordscaping [2016]), published monographs on translation before moving out of China. With a PhD in English, Yuan currently edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Yuan in Vancouver, and has poetry appearing in Best Canadian PoetryBestNewPoemsOnline, Threepenny Review and 1209 others across 38 countries.

PC: Yuan Changming

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Sherisa de Groot (she/her) is a writer, community builder, and founder of Raising Mothers, literary membership community Literary Liberation, and pens A Home Within Myself. Her work has been featured in a variety of publications, including Kindred by Parents, Refinery 29, Mutha Magazine, and Oldster Magazine and she was a contributor to the book ‘100 Diverse Voices on Parenthood’ by A Kid’s Company About. With a focus on intersectionality and social justice, de Groot’s writing explores the nuances of motherhood and the experiences of BIPOC mothers and marginalized genders. Through her work, she aims to amplify the voices of those who have been historically silenced and create a more equitable world for all. Raising Mothers was the 2021 Romper People’s Choice Iris Award Winner. Originally from Brooklyn New York, she is a first-generation American turned immigrant living in Amsterdam, NL with her husband, two children, and cat.

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