Broken Cup

Broken Cup Broken Cup brings breathtaking eloquence to what Margaret Gibson describes as traveling the Way of Alzheimer s with her husband poet David McKain After his initial and tentative diagnosis Gibson sus

Broken Cup brings breathtaking eloquence to what Margaret Gibson describes as traveling the Way of Alzheimer s with her husband, poet David McKain After his initial and tentative diagnosis, Gibson suspended her writing for two years but then poetry returned, and the creative process became the lightning rod that grounded her and presented a path forward The poems in BBroken Cup brings breathtaking eloquence to what Margaret Gibson describes as traveling the Way of Alzheimer s with her husband, poet David McKain After his initial and tentative diagnosis, Gibson suspended her writing for two years but then poetry returned, and the creative process became the lightning rod that grounded her and presented a path forward The poems in Broken Cup bear witness to how Alzheimer s erodes memory and cognitive function, but they never forget to see what is present and to ask what may remain of the self Moving and unflinchingly honest in the acknowledgment of pain, frustration, and grief, the poems uncover, time and time again, the grace of abiding love Gibson gives heart as well as voice to an experience that is deeply personal, yet shared by all too many.

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About Author

  1. Margaret Gibson is the author of ten books of poems and one prose memoir A native of Virginia, now a resident of Preston, Connecticut, she is a nationally and internationally recognized poet She has received numerous honors, including the Connecticut Book Award and the Melville Kane Award, and her collection The Vigil was a finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry.

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  1. I have a new favorite poet Why have I never discovered Margaret Gibson before The poems in this book are about living with her husband David s Alzheimer s He was also a poet These poems made me cringe, smile and weep in recognition My husband and I experienced many of the same things, but I might never be able to tell it as well as Gibson does Look at these lines from Tasks Never mind the wooden lamp post, rotten, fallen on its face like a corpse in the wet grass, which needs to be cut Your allo [...]


  2. Poet and memoir author Margaret Gibson offers up this broken cup of poems dealing with the heart breaking love she has for her author husband David as they both deal with his Alzheimer s Disease Many of us know this world of caring for someone suffering dementia, but few of us can put it into words and reveal the mind heart world of it Avoiding sentimentality, the author charts this world for us with open eyes and heart It truly becomes a love song, though full of sadness and loss, also touched [...]


  3. After hearing Margaret Gibson read from this book tonight, I could not wait to get home and read it I ended up reading the whole book and then going back to reread Broken Cup, Happiness and Respect She shared so much of herself, her husband and her path with Alzheimer in her poems that I was impressed at her strength and love.Bewildered Why does her Goodread s profile say she passed away


  4. This is a collection of poetry that evolved during Margaret Gibson s time being a caregiver to her Alzheimer striken husband As a whole the poems are a forceful love story told through the intimacy of poetry There are lines like Love s so fragile, he comments, his voice low Yes Also strong And it is that sentiment that is the tone of this volume The struggles of caregiver, and patient are honestly laid bare, but the deep love that surrounds this couple is palpable Beautifully written Would defin [...]


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