This is a thoughtful book of poems about ageing, from the perspective of people who are growing old as well of their loved ones. These poems challenge, celebrate and give age a voice, as the poets find humour amidst heartbreak and comfort within the pain. There are poems about the physical and mental effects of ageing, visiting ageing relatives, ways to approach ageing, and what it’s like to live as an old person. Honest and often brutal, this would be a good book to read if you find the idea of ageing frightening or want to read about other people’s experiences of difficult situations.
The book is beautifully produced on cream paper, with 10 illustrations and bright red endpapers contrasting with the dove-grey cover.
With poems from Sophie F Baker, Aileen Ballantyne, Clare Best, Julia Bird, Sharon Black, Alison Brackenbury, Jo Brandon, Gavin Bryce, Jane Burn, Oliver Comins, Nathan Curnow, Isobel Dixon, Hugh Dunkerley, Robert Hamberger, Rachel Heimowitz, Hilaire, Lynn Hoffman, Holly Hopkins, Sandra Horn, Emma-Jane Hughes, Russell Jones, Melinda Kallasmae, Anja Konig, Joan Lennon, Harry Man, Amy McCauley, Bridget McKenzie, Rob Miles, Cheryl Moskowitz, Jed Myers, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Susan Taylor and Edward Venning.