"In Jill Bialosky's poem 'The Mothers,' from her new collection, The Players, the experience of the soccer mom -- or, rather, the baseball mom -- is brought into warm, lyrical focus. The mothers of 'The Mothers' are a loving collective, cheering on their sons, doing the laundry and attending to other sundry tasks needed to keep their budding athletic dreams alive.
The Players represents an under-appreciated but particularly relatable strain of poetry: The poetry of our daily lives. In its pages, we see our own childhoods, daily domestic experiences, and familial dramas. We spoke with Bialosky about her poem, which appears below, as well as about the joys of poetry as an art form." (Read more here)