Blood Knot: A story in Ploughshares

I have a new story, "Blood Knot," in the latest issue of Ploughshares. "Blood Knot" explores the complex relationship between a mother and daughter through time. Here's how the story opens:

This is the latching on.
You are shelter and source, and this is the smell of only you. The hands that hold and lift and swaddle, the mouth that smiles and sings me, the eyes that look me into being: yours. This is the skin to skin. I cry to make the hungry stop and you come. This is the We.

Buy the issue in print or digital formats over at the Ploughshares website.

Helen Elaine Lee