On Her Own Terms : Poems about Memory Loss and Living Life to the Fullest

On Her Own Terms: Poems about Memory Loss and Living Life to the Fullest

Carolyn Gammon
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Internationally acclaimed author Carolyn Gammon conjures a kind and unflinching portrait of her mother’s memory loss—ultimately revealing the love, joy and life which remain even as memory fades.

Learning to speak in maybes—perhaps I told you? Were you there?—and to let a mother direct memory as memory vanishes, Gammon threads a path through time, bringing us into the heart and heat of a mother-daughter relationship that is changing as each day passes. That one day, may not offer “the pleasure of a daughter’s company, but only that of a warm hand.”

Each poem reveals the intimacy of this mother-daughter relationship, thrusting the reader into their dialogue and communication. At the end of each poem is a quote from Gammon’s mother, often eerily insightful, reflecting her own youthful ambition to write: “I am still clinging to the vine” and “I find forgetting easy.”

Kind, often funny, and always honest, this collection is for anyone who has loved someone who is beginning to forget; has forgotten; but will not be forgotten.

These words offer an archive; a testament to the memory that lives in books—and a reminder that memory loss is not an insurmountable barrier to living a good life.


 


Harbour Publishing
ISBN: 9781550179651
Paperback / softback
6 in x 9 in - 240 pp
Publication Date: 25/09/2021
BISAC Subject(s):: POE024000-POETRY / Women Authors,POE023050-POETRY / Subjects & Themes / Family,POE011000-POETRY / Canadian / General 
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Internationally acclaimed author Carolyn Gammon conjures a kind and unflinching portrait of her mother’s memory loss—ultimately revealing the love, joy and life which remain even as memory fades.

Learning to speak in maybes—perhaps I told you? Were you there?—and to let a mother direct memory as memory vanishes, Gammon threads a path through time, bringing us into the heart and heat of a mother-daughter relationship that is changing as each day passes. That one day, may not offer “the pleasure of a daughter’s company, but only that of a warm hand.”

Each poem reveals the intimacy of this mother-daughter relationship, thrusting the reader into their dialogue and communication. At the end of each poem is a quote from Gammon’s mother, often eerily insightful, reflecting her own youthful ambition to write: “I am still clinging to the vine” and “I find forgetting easy.”

Kind, often funny, and always honest, this collection is for anyone who has loved someone who is beginning to forget; has forgotten; but will not be forgotten.

These words offer an archive; a testament to the memory that lives in books—and a reminder that memory loss is not an insurmountable barrier to living a good life.


 

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Harbour Publishing
ISBN: 9781550179651
Paperback / softback
6 in x 9 in - 240 pp
Publication Date: 25/09/2021
BISAC Subject(s):: POE024000-POETRY / Women Authors,POE023050-POETRY / Subjects & Themes / Family,POE011000-POETRY / Canadian / General 
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