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A Mother of Sons: poems of love, wisdom & dreams
by Jayne Jaudon Ferrer
Loyola Press, 2004
Hardcover, $12.95 (100 pages)
ISBN: 0-8294-1770-2
  Jayne Jaudon Ferrer is the mother of three sons, so she has first-hand knowledge of rowdy males and that quiet sweetness of boys. This is a revised edition of the collection with additional poems and phrase changes. A Mother of Sons is divided in the stages of a boy's life: "Exuberant Sons," "Eager Sons," "Earnest Sons," "Edgy Sons," and "Evolving Sons."

Humor abounds in A Mother of Sons through the experiences of daily life with boys. "Attack of the Diapered Viking," describes the curious world of a crawling boy out to protect the home. The hectic hours before getting the boys off to school are recounted in "Morning Reverie."

There are the tender maternal reflections in "Lesson Review," where the mother questions if she has prepared her son for the world. She honors the birth order of the son in "Kindred Spirits" to the eldest son; "Carpe Diem" to the middle child; and "Earth Angel" to the youngest son.

The mother and son relationship grows richer as the boys become men. Ferrer's "I Am a Mother of Sons" reads like an anthem:

I am a mother of sons --
humble men whose blood
purged the souls of all sons,
whose love will engulf us

Ferrer's poems range from humorous to insightful. There is an everyman quality of the poems that make this a good inspirational gift book. Jayne Jaudon Ferrer is a wife, mother of three sons, writer, and speaker. She and her family live in Greenville, South Carolina.


Joyce Dixon
Southern Scribe Reviews


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