By Madge McKeithen
"My son's sickness is 8 years previous and has no identify. It began whilst he used to be fourteen. he's now twenty-two. it's putting off his skill to stroll and to cause. it truly is getting worse, a few years extra swiftly than others."
These phrases start the 1st element of Blue Peninsula, a story of a son's degenerative affliction in thirty-three elements concentrated round poems that experience supplied companionship and sustenance to the writer. while a number of diagnostic avenues brought no reason behind the worsening disabilities of her older son, Ike, Madge McKeithen "became a poetry addict--collecting, eating, ripping poems out of magazines, purchasing narrow volumes that will slot in my pocket or pocketbook, stashing them in loose-leaf notebooks, on cabinets, stacking them at the flooring. in the middle of all this grief, I had fallen in love. With phrases. Poems, specifically. And simply in time."
McKeithen attracts on a perfectly huge ranging team of of poets and lyricists--including Emily Dickinson, the Rolling Stones, Paul Celan, Bruce Springsteen, Marie Howe, Walt Whitman, and lots of others--to light up, convenience, and aid to precise her sorrow. a few chapters are reflections on friendships and relatives relationships within the context of a protracted and aggravating sickness. a few think of making peace with what existence has dealt, and others worth deliberately transforming it.
Not written to indicate effortless solace, this strong paintings goals to maintain corporation, as might any one whose family member is on a direction during which the single approach out is through.
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Blue Peninsula: Essential Words for a Life of Loss and Change by Madge McKeithen