Poetry for the Dementia Journey – Episode One
In celebration of National Poetry Month, we hosted a gathering of poets on April 18, 2023, to share work inspired by their dementia experiences.
We understand that storytelling, of any kind, but especially through poetry lightens burdens. For many caregivers, poetry can be a means of expression, of sharing their experience, opening hearts to joy, or drowning sorrows. Finding the right words to tell our stories can ease our journey. Reading the words of others can inspire us, give us strength, and let us know we are not alone.
The response to our initial invitation to a poetry reading was tremendous and better than we expected. More than 60 authors RSVP’d, and on the day of the reading more than 30 showed up to read and share their beautiful words and stories with honesty and grace. We shared laughter and tears, too.
Now, thirty poets is a lot of poets! And a lot of poems. We accommodated everyone by stretching the program out to two hours. Many poets got to read twice. What resulted is almost 2-hours of recorded poetry on the dementia journey, now available on our podcast in two episodes and on our YouTube channel. Welcome to episode one.
Get out the tissues and start listening!
Watch it on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Gms7c16PGyQ
Here are some of the comments we’ve received:
· “The reading was heartfelt and healing. Thank you so much everyone!” Therese Halscheid
· “Thanks to the organizers and readers for a beautiful and healing session.” Mariana Mcdonald
· “I want to thank everyone for sharing so many superb poems revealing so much on such a difficult subject.” Walter Bargen
· “This was a wonderful, powerful, affirming reading. I want to thank AlzAuthors for organizing this. I am so grateful to all the brave voices who speak from a deep authority on Alzheimer’s/dementia.” Margaret Stawowy
· “Today I was privileged to be one of many poets associated with AlzAuthors on a conference call. To hear the shared words of their experiences similar to my own gave me a sense of unity. I felt part of a village. That’s what we are, really. We’re all part of the village, managing whatever life has given us. Never forget, whatever your life is, you are part of the village.” Rene Terry Mucci
· “This was so wonderful. I have been so touched by everyone’s words today. Keep writing!” Christy Byrne Yates
· “Remembering our loved ones like this always heals my heart.” Charlie Becker
- Alan Bern
- Ann Campanella
- Annette Wick
- Caroline Johnson
- Charlie Becker
- Dorothy Horne
- Felicia Mitchell
- Joy Johnston
- Judith Lechner
- Kelly DuMar
- Lori Aden
- Margaret Stawowy
- Mariana Mcdonald
- Marion Cohen
- Marjorie Maddox
- Marsha Barber
- Mary Crescenzo
- Paul Sohar
- Pauletta Hansel
- Pauli Pedersen
- Rene Terry Mucci
- Sandra Berris
- Sherri Levine
- Steve Giblin
- Sue Fagalde Lick
- Susan J. Farese
- Tom and Karen Brenner
- Tony Copeland-Parker
- Virginia Pasquarelli
- Walter Bargen
Storms of the Inland Sea: Poems of Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caregiving by Margaret Stawowy (Editor), Jim Cokas (Editor)
Download our free booklet “Poetry for the Dementia Journey,” featuring 17 collections of poetry.