About the Book
‘Penumbra: Poems about Dementia’ is a collection which portrays one family’s complex journey through this challenging disease. Some poems are light-hearted and whimsical, while others are more complex and encourage deep reflection.
Accompanying notes illuminate the wider context of the narrative. To offer a sense of perspective and comfort, Biblical references and aspects of theology have also been included.
This book will appeal to readers who are seeking a better understanding of dementia and the way it impacts our lives. Those who care, or have cared, for someone with dementia will find it an invaluable resource.
Elizabeth Miller, author of ‘Penumbra Poems about Dementia’, is a writer and teacher. The daughter of a librarian, with both parents as published authors, she has spent much of her life surrounded by books. At age three, she announced that her ambition was to be ‘a poem lady and drive round Ireland in a tractor’. Although she has enjoyed writing ever since, she has yet to climb aboard that Irish tractor! Recently, after her mother was diagnosed with dementia in 2015, Elizabeth rediscovered writing poetry on a range of themes as a way of processing difficult emotions. Her poem, ‘Distance’ was used in 2018 to create a short film commemorating the centenary of the WW1 Armistice. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxTjh1bZ8rw) ‘Penumbra’ has been co-branded with the Rochester Diocese Anna Chaplaincy, to reflect the way in which it is being used across the Diocese as a valuable learning resource, to support the spiritual welfare of older people.