This blog will be a place to post poetry written by people living with Alzheimer's disease. We will focus on poetry that is created as part of the Alzheimer's Poetry Project. We will post information and news about dementia. We hope this blog is of use to the family members who have a loved one with dementia.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Arts! by the People

Paul Rabinowitz, Director of Arts! by the People is a truly inspiring person. I had the great pleasure last year of of working with him and his artists. The group he has put together reflects his passion and drive. It was a treat to get an email today detailing the work he has been doing with the Lester House Poets in New Jersey. Here is Paul's program lesson, the artwork that they used and the poem the artwork inspired. Paul writes:

"At our Friday poetry session our senior citizens of Lester Housing experimented with ekphrastic writing. Ekphrasis is the graphic, often dramatic description of a visual work of art. We read ekphrastic poems inspired by Edward Hopper's, Nighthawks and Pablo Picasso's, Man with a Blue Guitar. It turned out to be a fascinating session because of the abstract nature of our dialogue.

They decided to title the poem [untitled]. An abstract idea in itself! They wanted to add their own free form lines to introduce the work.

At the end of the class I revealed to them that the artist is their fine arts instructor, Willie Baez.

A big thanks to Willie for introducing me to this unique form of expression and for lending us the artwork. Also a big thanks to Stacy Osei-Kuffour for helping out and transcribing."


a man for all seasons,
tightly interconnected random thoughts.

When I look at this painting
I see above me and below me and side to side slowly
I see nature and food and plants and good things to smell and eat
I see a dreamer; I see things he might like to do
I see life, food, flowers, dreams; what makes the world
I see balance in one's life
I see reflections things past and present

Created by the seniors at Lester Housing in our Talking Poetry Class, June 03, 2011
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  1. I like it.

  2. This blog is beautiful. I have tons of poems that I wrote about my grandpa, but I'm still a little shy about sharing. Maybe sometime soon!