I was able to spend some time with my parents earlier this week. A last-minute business trip brought me down to Florida and, instead of staying near my clients in Miami, I decided to take advantage of the very reasonable rates at my parent’s condo on the beach in Ft. Lauderdale. Dad even through in a free rental car and dinner at my favorite spot—Gianni’s in Pompano.

As I’m writing this, Mother’s Day is just about a week away and I was happy I could spend two short days with my mom because we won’t be able to see her on Mother’s Day. She really does mean the world to me and, at 88, she’s still a very happy person, even if her memory isn’t what it used to be (an understatement). When I left, she had it in her head that it was Thanksgiving and that she had to make a Turkey which would have been interesting given their oven doesn’t work, but I digress.

On today’s episode, I talk about mothers with Kim Dower, who joined me to talk about her poetry collection, “I Wore This Dress Today for You, Mom.”


Kim has published four collections of poetry and has been Nominated for five Pushcart Prizes. Kim’s work has been featured in numerous literary journals including Plume, Plough shares, Rattle, The James Dickey Review, Garrison Keillor’s “The Writer’s Almanac,” and Ted Kooser’s “American Life in Poetry.” Kim is also known as Kim from LA, a literary publicist, many of whose clients have appeared on Uncorking a Story.

Her latest collection of poems has been called a rich, complex, heartbreaking, and funny anthology of poems on motherhood—being one and having one

How did Kim’s love of poetry as a child impact her life? What inspired her to put this collection together? How did she get started as a publicist? Listen in to find the answers to these questions as well as her advice on finding your voice as a poet.

I Wore This Dress Today for You, Mom can be purchased at Amazon, Bookshop.org, and wherever books are sold.  

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