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Marilyn Hacker's Mother-Daughter Relationship Exposed in Selected Poems 1965-1990 If Selected Poems 1965-1990 could be taken as an evenly representative sample of Marilyn Hacker's job, motherhood does not appear to function as only chief focus of her life or her work. Hacker has many poems about or for the daughter Iva, and Iva is said in a number of other poems, however much of Hacker's work focuses on other aspects of her life and interests. The simple fact that Hacker doesn't focus solely on her motherhood looks very important in and of itself. Though I don't feel that we get the opportunity, through these poems, to gauge whether or not Hacker is really a "good mom," I'd say that her apparent ability to be simultaneously a mother and an artist and a lover and a lady makes her a healthful, balanced person and thus a fantastic role model for her kid. As illustration of my idea of Hacker's space for mothering, at "La Fontaine de Vaucluse" appear the following lines (p. 116) referring to Iva: Sometimes she still swims at my heart; sometimes she's a four-year-old an ocean...