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.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
This poem was created as part of the Meet Me at MoMA project. New York poet Gary Glazner and Francesca Rosenberg, MoMA Director of Community and Access Programs, led the session. Van Gogh's panting "Starry Night," served as the inspiration for the poem. Questions were asked around what the participants felt while looking at the painting and what stars might, taste, smell and sound like. The participant’s answers form the lines of the poem.
Very calm- and yet there’s turmoil.
A little suspect, a little sinister,
something evil about it, that plant.
A star tastes delicious.
A star tastes like a milky way.
If I had a thought, I would but you’re okay
so you can get away.
A star smells like peanut butter.
You’ve got to do it.
The stars sound like full heritage.
Everyone looks at a star and dreams.
A star sounds like a symphony.
The painting is soothing you could sleep happily.
I see bi-polar, I feel pity for the person
describing his feelings in the painting.
You can read a lot into Van Gogh’s painting.
I like the sun the way it moves.
Oh my goodness!
Let me think about that now.
Not to count everything that you can use.
It looks like a storm.
Blue’s my favorite color, as we can see.
Friday, December 9, 2011
Thrilled to lead a workshop next Tuesday with with Francesca Rosenberg as part of the Museum of Modern Arts' "Meet Me at MoMA" project. We will use the artwork to inspire people living with dementia to perform and create poems. A dream come true for me is being able to use "Starry Nights," by Vincent Van Gogh.
Meet Me at MoMA
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Richard Halstead wrote a wonderful article on our Alzheimer's Poetry Day- Novato.
The event was sponsored by the North Bay Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association
and partially funded by the Bill Graham Foundation. Big thanks to Shelley Dombroski
of the Alzheimer's Association and Holly Rylance of LifeLong Medical Care for setting up the event.
Read the article Marin Independent Journal.
More on LifeLong Medical Care Here.