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Capturing the Word — Beyond Forgetting   Leave a comment

Presenters Reading Poetry from Holly Hughe’s Beyond Forgetting (Holly is on the left) — Images by kenne

Last year, Holley Hughe Settle based editor of Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose About Alzheimer’s Disease, and the celebration of the unexpected graces that come with living in the present., was a presenter in the Writers in Performance Series. The following poem by Jan Harrington is an example of the writings in the book.

On July Nights I Stay with My Father

— Jan Harrington

Because he is vehement
and I am tired, I let him wear
his winter boots to bed. Their clasp
of his ankles  calms him – an antidote,
I imagine, to the loose
helplessness of pajamas.

Later he sits up, shaking,
cries out: “Where are mu shoes?
I need shoes.”

“You’re wearing your boots, Dad.”

He stares at me, sees stranger,
not daughter. I am slight ballast
for his night terror.

“How did you find me?” he asks.
“Will we make it out alive? Whatever
happens, stay here.”

He sleeps, I wait,
a sentry at the mouth
of the painted cave, watching
for morning’s pale rim.

This is part of an ongoing blog series base on the poetry of writers who have presented at the Writers In Performance Series at Lone Star College – Montgomery.


Posted August 6, 2010 by kenneturner in Capturing the Word, Photography, Poetry

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Believing in Beyond Forgetting   1 comment

Beyond Forgetting 8148 - 2009-11-04 at 20-21-55 blogSheryl Nelms, Holly Hughes, Janet Lowers, Dave Persons and Carolyn Dahl

To experience the slow loss
of brain function before death

is to become disconnected from the sound of the tree
that falls in the forest. No longer able to ponder
the questions of our existence,
rendering silent the sound to others
who will listen beyond the silence.

Still, somewhere in the forest a tree falls
and others continue to collect the sounds
so that no one will forget that there was a time
when your existence recorded the sounds of silence.

Beyond Forgetting 8144 - 2009-11-04 at 19-15-09 blogIt is the nature of poetry to help us understand adversity. For poet, Holly Hughes writing about Alzheimer’s disease helped her deal with the experience of being a caregiver for her mother who was one of over five million people in the US with Alzheimer’s.  The experience inspired her to gather and edit a collection of poems and prose, titled, “Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose about Alzheimer’s Disease.”

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On two recent evenings in November, Holly Hughes and others read poetry and prose from her anthology, on the campuses of the University of St. Thomas and Lone Star College – Montgomery. All  proceeds from book sales went to the Alzheimer’s Association of South Texas. The anthology may be purchased at/or ordered from Good Books in the Woods, The Woodlands, Texas,


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Posted November 8, 2009 by kenneturner in Art, Books, Poetry

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Writers In Performance Update   Leave a comment

Lowell Mick White WIP 10.15.09 blogLowell Mick White

Lowell Mick White read from his recently published books, “That Demon Life” and “Long Time Ago Good” at the October session of the Writers In Performance Series at Lone Star College – Montgomery. Lowell, not new to Conroe/The Woodlands audiences having read at several of the Walt Whitman annual birthday parties, entertained the audience with readings from his short sorties and novel. White’s stories reflect his thoughts and images captured from his 25 years in Austin, Texas.Beyond Forgetting blog

The next Montgomery County Literary Arts Council (MCLAC) event will be in cooperation with Lone Star College-Montgomery and St. Thomas University. The November 4th & 5th events will be presenting “Beyond Forgetting – Poetry and Prose about Alzheimer’s Disease,” edited by Holly J. Hughes, with all proceeds from book sales going to the Alzheimer’s Association, Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter. Beyond Forgetting to download more information.


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