A Memoir in Poetry
by Diana Howard
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Pub Date 1 Nov 2021 | Archive Date 4 Jan 2022
We take our memory for granted. Dementia will steal it in ways most of us could never imagine.
Winter Solstice by Diana Howard burrows deep into the heart-rendering poetic journey of a daughter trying to love and help her mother who is slowly losing her memory.
Through poems and vignettes written over a period of 15 years, the reader will enter a world of denial, confusion, shame, fear, humor, sacrifice, patience and love - finding solace and empathy with an experience many of us go through, yet struggle to find words to describe.
A Note From the Publisher
"While Winter Solstice will likely appear in collections geared to contemporary poets, it also deserves a place in any literary library alongside reflections of family and dementia experiences. Its powerful voice offers a perspective many similar attempts don't begin to match." - D. Donovan, Midwest Book Review
"The book is important. Poet Diana Howard takes care of her mother passing through the stages of dementia, and she reverently honors the collective journeys of all those who have done the same." - Independent Book Review
"Seasoned poetry readers will find traces of Mary Oliver in this book, and those readers living with loved ones suffering from dementia will find a place of comfort and understanding in this work." - RECOMMENDED by The US Review of Books
"An emotional, heart-wrenching journey...The reader senses the deep love between daughter and mother" - Readers' Favorite, 5 Stars
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This was a very quick read with poetry that really conveys the feeling of what it's like to know without a doubt that your loved one is very much in the winter of their life. The author did a good job of conveying the emotions around the realization of the diagnosis through the progression and final end. My sympathies to the author on the loss of her mother. Alzheimers is such a tragic condition.
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winter solstice goes into the poetic journey and path of a daughter trying to hold onto the memory of her mother who is losing her mind due to dementia. and tries to be able to still love and help her mother despite her mother being a shell of the person she once was.
this was a very short read but it was very sad and shows you how horrifying it is to see a loved one lose themselves to a disease that they have no control over. the realisation of the diagnosis really stuck with me and i think that anyone who has had lost someone to a disease they cannot control especially if it reduced them to someone unrecognisable, would deeply connect with this piece.
Talk about heartbreaking!!
Howard turned the sad moments of her mom's dementia into beautiful words. I could feel how devastated she was in each moment; it was written so well! I admire anyone who can revisit some of the harsh parts of their life and share them with others.
The other thing I admired was the different forms. I enjoy when people just write the words where they feel best, and Howard did just that. All of the words fell nicely on the pages.
Initially, I requested this book because of the cover. I love everything about the winter. However, it means so much more to the overall collection.
Definitely check this one out!
It was a quick, short read, but it definitely packs a punch. I could feel the grief.
Brilliant but heart breaking.
This book is quite short. But it's about a woman who is losing her mother to dementia. Having lost my mother to this dreadful condition I found it especially hard to read. Putting words onto paper I am told helps with the grieving process. Dementia takes the person a little at a time. You get to watch their demise on a daily basis.
I particularly liked how the words were just written. So honestly.
I'll admit it was the cover that drew me to this book. But now it's so much more.
Give it a go. It's more than just a book.
Winter Solstice is a beautiful and heartbreaking poetic account of the end of life journey of the author's mother, who was losing her memory. This made my heart ache because I went through this with my Dad as well, and watched him eventually forget us due to Dementia. It is a tough thing to experience, but Diana Howard writes about this sad journey with honesty and compassion.
Anyone who has lost a loved one to Alzheimer's or Dementia will want to read this heartfelt account.
I received a free copy of this book from the publishers via Netgalley. My review is voluntary.
Thank you for this ARC, introduced as a memoir in poetry.
The poems represent Diana’s mother and her sad demise to dementia. The pain was felt in each poem, as were the beautiful memories, especially for her mums love of music.
A lovely little book and the cover is absolutely beautiful.
This is a poetry collection on the poets mither having dementia, loosing a loved one when theyre still around, witnessing them loose theirself. Diana really does have "a way with words". This made me very emotional as the complicated love for a mother is a struggle enough, I found myself grieving with her, the memories her mother had lost and the confusion. I'm so glad Diana was around to support her mother as much as she could.
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